Why do we glorify war and violence?

Jan 22, 2020

 The catechists discussed the story of little David knocking out the gigantic and fearsome Philistine with his sling and a small stone and then killing him and cutting off his head. Janine shared that when she was young she used to think that was great but she had come to feel much more negative about  glorifying violence.  “In any case,” she added, “Right after that when the people were celebrating and singing what a great warrior he was, Saul the king became jealous and wanted to kill David.” ”Doesn’t violence beget violence?” Paul said.  “We see it all the time on TV and in movies and glorify people like “gladiators.”

David said to the Philistine “you come to me with a sword and a spear and a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the God of the armies of Israel whom you defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand. I will strike you down and cut off your head.” When the Phiistine drew near to him David ran,  put his hand in his bag, took out a stone and slung it and struck the Philistine on his forehead. It sunk in and he fell on his face. Then David stood over him, took his sword, killed him and cut off his head with it. 1 Sam 17:30-51.   

Pope Francis: It is foreseeable that once certain resources have been depleted, the scene will be set for new wars, albeit under the guise of noble claims.  War always does grave harm to the environment and to the cultural riches of peoples, risks which are magnified when one considers nuclear arms and biological weapons. LS 57

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