Word of the Week #27:

Martial

Not to be confused with Martian, though the two do share a word root, or with Marshal, though the two sound quite alike…

Or that French guy who plays for ManU, whatever his name may be…

Now, I specify that because, as a kid, I would often get confused between the first three, and I was already smarter than many of you can ever hope to be.

Anyway, speaking of stupidity, I must assume you have seen people flooding the social media, somehow trying to tell us that war is the best thing in the world.

To such people, I only say one thing: “Have you never had Lasagna?”

Now, some people think that war is an away game. We go there, kill some guys, loot some towns, acquire some oil wells, and hand the host country a large serving of debt and democracy. Yeah, not all wars go that way.

Wait a minute… Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq… Huh?

Oh, wait, I was thinking of the country that would drop nuclear bombs over civilian populations, and then claim to lead the war against terror.

Well, good for them…

Anyway, let us see what greater men than myself have to say on this topic:

Wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.
– Martin Luther King, Jr.

Man has no right to kill his brother. It is no excuse that he does so in uniform; he only adds the infamy of servitude to the crime of murder.
– Percy Bysshe Shelley.

Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime.
– Ernest Hemingway.

It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder.
– Albert Einstein.

So basically, all you need to remember is that war is never the answer.

If you see it as one of the options in an MCQ paper, feel free to ignore it.

Just finish the paper and go to a nice bistro. Order a Lasagna. Pair it with a rich wine. Eat. Drink. Live.

And then get a cab home…


PS: If you confuse the word with Marital, we can definitely understand…

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Yashas Mahajan

Author of Arrkaya: Origins, now available online... Increasingly being referred to as The Writer Guy...

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