Consequences Of The Civil War Revisited
Early next spring the 150th anniversary of the end of the American Civil War will be celebrated. Maybe.
Twenty-five years ago there was definitely more fanfare throughout the country during the 125th celebrations and observances that occurred. I still have plenty of friends in the reenacting community. It seems like that part of the population is still just as enthusiastic as ever. This is good. We must never forget the sacrifices that were made 150 years ago.
But in a larger sense we have forgotten the lessons of 150 years ago. What is even worse is that we are primed right now for an even larger conflagration with in our country. We have allowed our nation to be broken down not by state, region, or even political affiliation. We have allowed ourselves to be herded into special interest groups, be they political, social, economic, or etc.
We don't even know the neighbors in our own neighborhoods any more. It has taken my family several years to begin to crack the self imposed isolation that many of our neighbors have developed. Some still refuse to acknowledge that we exist. It is amazing that we have allowed it to become such and the speed of which it happened. It speaks unwritten volumes to one of the failures of our modern society.
So this is the reason why I posit that when the next civil war begins, the killing and the slaughter will be so much worse than before. We have zero connections with our neighbors. No shared sense of mutual self interest. We have created our own islands of isolation and have nobody to blame but ourselves.
Just consider what happened in Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s for two brief more modern examples. Also study the Spanish Civil War of 1936-1939. Then ask yourself, could that happen here as well?