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Thought For The Day

24 May 2013 @ 09:32

By The Reverend David R. Graham, A.M.D.G.

The constants of war are the constants of life because, as Heraclitus observes, “War is the father of all things.”

The mother of all things, I suppose, is love.

So there you have it, war and love, the universal constants, appearing as emotion, chance and reason, von Clausewitz’s “Trinity.”

  1. 24 May 2013 @ 11:00 11:00

    And all is fair in both. Convenient, iddnt it.

  2. The Rev. David R. Graham permalink
    24 May 2013 @ 12:51 12:51

    I was intrigued with von Clausewitz’s observations of constants, specifically in war. The place, the means, the tenor and so much else differ from war to war. Von Clausewitz asked whether there are constants that never vary through all wars, all times. He identified three.

    Those three constants may be seen as, in fact, universal. They are universal. That means there is an empirically verifiable fixed referent in all of life and history, across all ages, times and climes, namely, the Trinity of violence/emotion, chance/probability and subordination to reason. The empirically verifiable bit amused me when I thought of it. “The consensus” bears down on us to accept that there is no empirically verifiable constant anywhere, all is flux merely, and purposeless. Ho ho to that one.

    A theologian will ask whether von Clausewitz’s Trinity correlates with the Trinity of Christian and Vedic religion. I think it does. Violence/emotion – Creation/The Father. Chance/probability – Destruction/The Son. Subordination to reason – Preservation/The Holy Spirit.

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