Phoney Wars

Phoney Wars
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The Orwellian doctrine, Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace, has not been updated to the more practical version, “Phony Wars for Phony Peace.” The established governments have long since abandoned their exhortations to be patriotic, loyal and sacrificing for the higher good. It has proven impossible to maintain their former shibboleths as the excuse for human sacrifice. Indeed, sacrifice has reverted to its original mode, that of religious ritual. The previous rituals which conditioned the brainwashed victims to lay down their lives to propitiate the gods have been replaced by more psychological “correct” methods of persuasion, in which the victims nudge each forward in their anxiety to take their places, laying themselves down on the stone altars and baring their breasts to sacrificial knives, which slash open their bodies to remove the still beating hearts.

In 60 years of studying the causes of wars, and the mechanisms by which they have been achieved, I have employed one of the principal methods of great cooking, that of reduction. As the chef continues to mix and manipulate his ingredients, they are distilled into a more concentrated form, usually by heat, until the flavours “marry.” (This is also a recipe for great painting – a certain period is required for the various colours painted onto the canvas to marry, to reconcile with one another, eventually subsiding into a beautiful jewel like overall tone, which we call “great art.”) These are the works of the Old Masters, who used the formula known for many centuries. They were well-known in Pompeian Wall Painting and Roman art, and can be viewed in their pristine colors today. There are no shortcuts to achieving these effects, which is the sole reason why “modern art” became the travesty that it is today.