The Root of All War

800px-People_jumping_on_the_beachWar is started over women, drugs, lands, religion, opinion, beliefs… but they all share the same root cause.

Whether a war is played out in back alleys or the global stage, it is the misguided pursuit of happiness that drives it.

We think we will be happy when we own things, attain a look, gain a province, win a right… blood runs in the name of righteousness and no conquest is a victory. We will be happy when… and we never win.

For most of us, happiness is an elusive mirage that seems to run just ahead of our horizon. We extend ourselves to reach it, knocking over everyone else as we strive to grasp and still our hands are empty. Happiness is a trick mirror in the funhouse, a riddle and a mystery… if we fight for it.

happinessThe truth: happiness is with each one of us this moment. We can’t do anything to earn it, we can’t win it in a battle and we will never run it down. Happiness isn’t a thing to attain, but a gift we already have inside us, waiting to be unlocked.

The key is real giving—the selfless kind that is done for the sake of bringing joy. The smallest actions done in love will unlock happiness. If we are happy, we will no longer fight to attain what we desire because we will have it. Happy people don’t make war.


About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is an American poet, publisher and author. Her first collection of poetry, In Favor of Pain, was nominated for an 2017 Elgin Award. Her latest novella, Bitter Suites, is a 2018 Bram Stoker Awards® Finalist. Currently, she publishes Space and Time magazine, a 53 year old publication dedicated to fantasy, horror and science fiction. For more information visit or
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