It’s Time to Talk about War

Bevin Niemann-Cortez
8 min readJan 29, 2024
Image by Brigitte Werner from Pixabay

About ten years ago, I happened across a report that stated the world was the most peaceful it had ever been. As a lifelong pacifist, I was overjoyed to see that humans were on a trajectory to choose peace and collaboration.

Then, the pandemic arrived. A global lockdown, in which everyone had no choice but to face the inevitable: our mortality. Throughout recorded human history, after any pandemic, there has always been a dark age followed later by a golden renaissance — can we please skip ahead to that part? We are witnessing unprocessed fear erupting in violent clashes across our planet; everyone looking for someone to blame.

What are humans fighting about?
- Territory disputes (who deserves to live on what land)
- Resources (who has control over water, energy, valuable minerals and elements)
- Religious ideologies (whose dogma is the ‘truth’ and whose god(s) are the most powerful)
- Political/economic ideologies (capitalism, socialism, communism)
- Belief in supremacy (my group is superior and yours is subhuman or shouldn’t exist at all).

According to Wikipedia, over 200,000 people have been killed in the conflict in Myanmar, in the Ukraine-Russia conflict over 220,000 people were killed and in Sudan over 13,000 people lost their lives last year. Most recently, over 30,000+ Palestinians and 1200+ Israelis were killed by violence, tribalism and in my opinion, unprocessed trauma from the horrors of the Holocaust. A number of these conflicts have been going on for decades, one generation after another brought up with propaganda that incites them to hate the ‘other.’

In 2023, over 100 journalists across the globe were killed for daring to share stories that did not align with the ‘official’ rhetoric. There are protests in my country of residence, Mexico, about journalists who ‘disappeared’ while reporting on cartels and government corruption.

Propaganda floods the Internet until you can’t be sure who’s really telling the truth. Ai is the newest weapon, used to generate faked photos and videos to push particular agendas and garner public support. Fascism is on the rise, especially in countries that purport to be democracies, in my home country of the…

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Bevin Niemann-Cortez

Social-Emotional Healer | Sacred Space Designer | Budding Herbalist