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A Sleeping Beast

Peacefully they sleep in a city of gold among the stars of their own conception

In the cold waters of the bay, a still surface glimmers the hopes of those it reflects

The beast waits, deep within the coves of a watery grave dug eons ago, so they thought

In ignorant bliss the city-folk walk upon the bridges over the lake, all the while their reflections dance to a different tune

A terrible scream of drowning rips through utopia and into the hearts of the masses-- fallen upon deaf ears they still don't know

The Devil's paladins march down the sewers and gamble away in games of deceit and betrayal

As below, so above in shadows, never daring to break the bliss they enjoy in passing

The Devil waits, knowing his time will come when the sleeping beast awakens and leaves the grave

A thousand golden apples, a silver tree, platinum leaves

The water rises, the sewers flood, the apples fall

Men eat their fruit

The reflections come to life, the shadows lift, the city darkens

A terrible scream of drown…

On the Origin of War

If one reads the newspaper or watches the news what would they see or hear? Without a doubt, they would probably see something about a war. If one goes to a library what will they find? Hundreds of books on the various wars throughout history. A quick Google search on the term “War” brings up two billion and eighty million search results. I would argue that war is among one of the most talked about subjects in the existence of our species.
Human conflict, in one way or another, has been a staple of our history since the dawn of our creation. Talk to any historical scholar or cultural anthropologist and they’ll unanimously agree that peace on earth is a rare occurrence. In “The Lessons of History,” historians Will and Ariel Durant claimed that if you define war as an active conflict that has claimed more than 1000 lives then, “of the past 3,421 years, humans have been entirely at peace for 268 of them, or just 8 percent of recorded history.” This projection doesn’t even account for sma…