Winnie-the-Pooh was a Pacifist

Seriously, Pooh Bear didn’t believe in war, thought it was stupid, ignorant, childish (in a gruesome sort of way). Here’s what Winnie’s creator, A.A. Milne, had to say:

“It is a pity, but Universal Peace will hardly come as the result of universal preparedness for war, as these dear people seem to hope. It will only come as the result of a universal feeling that war is the most babyish and laughably idiotic thing that this poor world has evolved. Our writer says sadly that there is no hope of doing without armies—we are not angels. It is not a question of “not being angels,” it is a question of not being childish lunatics. Possibly there is no hope of either, but I think we might make an effort.”

Milne wound up in good company. Here’s JFK addressing the U.N. General Assembly in 1961:

“…Today, every inhabitant of this planet must contemplate the day when this planet may no longer be habitable. Every man, woman and child lives under a nuclear sword of Damocles, hanging by the slenderest of threads, capable of being cut at any moment by accident or miscalculation or by madness. The weapons of war must be abolished before they abolish us…”

It seems to me that we have a need for peace and an end to war in our time at least as urgent as the one President Kennedy recognized. I’ve been doing a lot of reading about war and the common people’s involvement in it, as victims and perpetrators. One of the first things I’ve learned is that there isn’t much truthfulness in the nationalist indoctrination meted out to us and “citizens” of nations around the globe. There are now billions of us in the world, and far fewer war-mongers, i.e., individuals who crave wealth and power. We need to figure out how to unite all of the ordinary people of the earth and shout a resounding NO! to those who would continue to expend our lives in wars that only they will benefit from. The question is: How do we get us all together?

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One comment

  1. Mark Kelley · May 4, 2016

    Just checking to see if readers can leave a comment here. I really value them.

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