I toured the Pearl Harbor Memorial a few years ago. It was a sobering experience I can't quite put into words. We should never have to go to war to fight and shed blood against anyone. The willful destruction of another sentient being is almost psychotic to me. Unfortunately, we don't live in an ideal world devoid of problems, both for obvious reasons and some more subtle ones I'm currently writing about in my upcoming book, Our Cosmic Story.
Every year it seems like the world's memories of past historical events fades into the depths of time. It is important that we never forget events like pearl harbor, as they teach our children valuable lessons about our civilization. The day that we forget is the day those events are to be repeated. The next time it happens, though, it won't be a fleet of turbo prop planes, but something that matches our frighteningly powerful technological level.
I quote from Albert Einstein: "I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones."
It is disheartening that time and again throughout history, we can't set aside our fears and biases. We still have the barbaric instincts of a bygone era of ritualistic tribalism and that of constantly seeking new territory to conquer. Our altruistic tendencies are still a very nascent part of our species, severely hindered in growth by the glacial pace of evolutionary, and even social change, when compared to recent technological advances.
Humanity will always have destructive tendencies in some form, as they are deeply embedded in our nature. We also, though, have the ability to temper what could otherwise easily be an everlasting hateful revenge of our neighbors. If we can successfully balance our temperaments a suppositions, I have high hopes that our global civilization with all its potential will survive and one day grow past our need for conflict.