v1.00 2004-04-11 10pp Valerie Yule (on Easter Sunday) Melbourne, Australia original text Global Ideas Bank
v1.01 2008-11-17 10pp Richard Ross-Langley Hertfordshire, England reformatted, lightly edited Vendeka Miscellany

A booklet for everyone all over the world, in every language of the world

Non-copyright, non-intellectual property, everyone can write a version of it, free to use anything that is in any other version.
Each version is identified by date and place and number of pages (so people will have some idea of how to use it).
Source can be identified so that others can get copies, but it need not be.

Something like this can be circulated already, to encourage others to make a start too.

Length can vary, but the standard versions would be only a few pages, cheap and mass-produceable.
There can also be big tomes, full of research.
They should go round the internet on mailing lists and chatrooms.
They should be downloadable from the Internet.

They would be available at all demonstrations and protests, put in libraries if possible,
all schools that study wars in their syllabus should have copies in that syllabus.
Here are no 'activities' such as crosswords with clues about airmen falling into the sea.
Versions can be written for any level of education but the basic one should be readable by a child of ten (a critical age).
Every official in the UN and every country should have a copy in their language.
Everyone involved in any industry to do with war - including the media and entertainment - should have copies.

If publishers want to publish versions they can sell - as it is to be hoped they will, because the productions can be much better - the title can be different.
They cannot copyright any material that is already in an earlier version.
Periodicals can be encouraged to publish versions - as wholes or in serial.
The material is free - but if they edit a version at all, then it is another version and should bear a new date, place and length.
They can include their name so that people know where to buy copies.


(too long for the short booklet, but could be a larger booklet too)



This consists of thoughts as they come - a mass-distribution version at ten-year-old level would have to be very much cut and different, but a larger booklet is also needed.

  1. Cover picture - Color or b&w photo of the surface of Mars. Text: 'Is this the planet Mars? No, it is what we have done to Earth.'
  2. Quotations from round the world can head pages, including the introduction.
  3. Contents. Each topic starts a new page. Here they are not in order, but as they come to mind.
    1. Introduction about aims and how to spread and use the booklet. Most people have no idea about this.
    2. History of wars and their results
    3. Causes - a human instinct?
      • Male child development
      • The psychology of war, and its cycles
      • The need for heroism and sacrifice
      • Glory
      • Greed
      • Competition
      • Solidarity (how is it that when there is a war most people living on one side will fight and die for that side and most people living on the other side will fight and die for their side?)
      • Love of country
      • Forced to fight (most people in almost every war have been forced to fight, conscripted, compelled)
      • Power
      • The armaments industry. Employment
      • The leaders of war
      • Religion and other doctrines
      • Oppression
      • Fears, real and whipped up
      • Fighting over resources (overpopulation - [war is] the wrong response)
      • Causes of wars and triggers for wars
    4. Can wars cease?




    from around the world can head pages, including the introduction

    Love your enemy.

    Do not return evil with evil, but return good for evil, and overcome evil with good (the heart of the Christian message)

    The God of Righteousness (Jewish)
    The God of Peace and Love (Christian)
    The God of Mercy (Muslim)
    - and their followers?

    There once were two cats of Kilkenny
    Each thought there was one cat too many,
    So they bit and they tore
    They scratched and they swore,
    Till instead of two cats, there weren't any

    from Sassoon - eg the Menin Gate:
    'Well may the dead who struggled in the slime
    Rise and deride this sepulchre of crime.'

    Bits from the poem by ? Southey of the children finding a skull and asking grandfather,
    who says it is the site of a famous battle, but when pressed about causes can only say:
      Why, that I cannot tell said he, but 'twas a famous victory

    Give me liberty or give me death.

    My country right or wrong.

    The origin of Jingoism:
      We don't want to fight but by Jingo if we do, we've got the men, we've got the guns, we've got the money too

    O valiant dead, who to your glory came
    Through dust of conflict, and through battle-flame,
    Tranquil you lie, your knightly virtue proved
    Your memory hallowed in the land you loved

    Lest we forget. Forget what?

    Kipling's Recessional updated (vy qv.)

    I vow to thee my country, all earthly things above
    Entire and whole and perfect, the service of my love,
    The love that asks no question, the love that pays the price,
    The love that makes undaunted the final sacrifice.
    But there's another country, I've heard of long ago
    Most dear to them who love it, most great to them who know,
    Its ways are ways of gentleness, and all its paths are peace.
    (Cecil Spring-Rice, I think)

    'In God we trust' or 'In Bombs we trust'?

    We wander now who marched before,
    Hawking our wares from door to door.
    So it is to be an old soldier (? Housman)


  1. INTRODUCTION about aims and how to spread and use the booklet. Most people have no idea about this.
  3. CAUSES - a human instinct?
  4. CAN WARS CEASE? Can there be fiction or drama without conflict?
    Yes, there can be the struggles against the human condition, rather than fighting each other at any level.
    'Peace has her victories, no less renowned than war,' said Milton, hopefully, because they still have to have that renown.
    Within years after the first human flight, there was US research into how it could be used to drop bombs.
    Nothing has been invented, it seems, that has not been turned to war,
    and there is even the barefaced claim that it is out of military research and war that so much benefit to us has come - the Red Cross, antibiotics, lasers, sonar...
    Ah, but why can't that research be directed directly to those benefits, instead of spin-offs from causing murder?
    Star Wars grips the imagination so much that even our weaponry considers space, and even the boys' delight of Star Trek has grown men thinking that, when this earth is destroyed, we can take ourselves to other planets - leaving behind the unelect, like Noah and the drowning around him.
    Perhaps Peace Processes should be held in hospitals where the wounded lie on the floor around them, or amid recent rubble, not on satin chairs or around polished tables.
    Palestinian negotiations held in Kosovo, Yugoslav discussions at Mogadishu.
    Afghani talks in Haiti.
    Eating the same as is available to the victims.
      List some:
      • The Indian hero in the Mahabharata who draws the spears to his own body
      • The courage needed by the conscientious objectors and draft resisters
    • Where have all the flowers gone?
    • We shall overcome some day
    • The Internationale
    • Goya
    • Lists of military songs from different countries:
      • the British Grenadiers,
      • Marines hymn,
      • bloody words of the Marseillaise
      • (what of the message of Waltzing Matilda!)

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