Kipling and Mothers’ Day

Arise then…women of this day!

Arise, all women who have hearts!
Whether your baptism be of water or of tears!
Say firmly:
“We will not have questions answered by irrelevant agencies,
Our husbands will not come to us, reeking with carnage,
For caresses and applause.
Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn
All that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience.
We, the women of one country,
Will be too tender of those of another country
To allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs.”
~ From the original Mothers’ Day  1870, by Julia Ward Howe

Yes, its’ true. Mothers’ Day, an anti-war screed.

The Civil War had done its job, turning fertile soil into killing fields. Over 600,000 slaughtered more than all American deaths in all other wars.

No more the mothers cried.

Then war fever struck again in Europe, the dumbest war ever but the ugly virus of tribalsim stoked war fever again.

OLD IMPERIALISTS LIKE RUDYARD KIPLING PULLED STRINGS TO GET HIS NEAR-SIGHTED SON JOHN INTO  COMBAT.

The poor kid lasted a month before he took a bullett.

They never found his body.

The puffed up imperialist spent thousands of pounds trying to find the hapless John, a victim of his father’s gross stupidity.

Kiping compensated by hating Germans the rest of his life.

Instaed of war.


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1 Comment »

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    wmgrace Says:

    British imperialism was all about subjugation and domination of other races based on the belief that the British were naturally superior. In reality, I guess, the only superiority they possessed was in military might which allowed them to have their way. The military advantage was fueled by exploitation (read stealing) of valuable natural resources and anything else they could turn into cash to drive their economy. Often they used rival factions within the target population to weaken and control other factions, as a way of gaining power in a foreign country.

    The lessons in governance and military control were carefully studied, recorded, and re-used against new adversaries throughout the growing empire. On the one hand, they built an empire to end all empires. On the other hand, they exploited, demoralized, and often enslaved the people they conquered. An awesome number of people were slaughtered by their military machine. The plight of the aboriginal people in North America traces directly to the “British Empire”.

    I think the essence of the quote is something like this; if you don’t know and understand the mistakes of history, then you are bound to repeat them.


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