war - James Weidner September 23, 2007 War- The Most...

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James Weidner September 23, 2007 War- The Most Horrible Invention “…warfare of this sort is an invention like any other of the inventions in terms of which we order our lives, such as writing, marriage, cooking our food instead of eating it raw, trial by jury, or burial of the dead…” This quote from Margaret Mead’s essay states her opinion on how wares simply a creation of man, not a part of him. In general I agree with Mead’s argument, and how to “fight” war. Throughout the essay, Mead argues the point that war is not engraved biologolically in humans, but it is actually engraved into most human societies. She uses the examples of the Lepchas and the Eskimos: two separate societies whom both lack any knowledge whatsoever of the whole concept of war. She compares these to societies who know war for all reasons such as conquest, dispute resolution and defensive measures. She claims that war is still war, weather society uses it solely for defensive measures or otherwise. She argues that war is a conception of man, and it like anything else humans have created, can be found obsolete. By making the comparison to other human inventions such as fire and marriage, Mead’s shows the evidence that war could be a concept simply grooved deep into society like cooking with fire/heat. Mead’s definition added to her argument, defining war so violence could still be
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