Most of us use war words in our daily speech and writing. A quick glance at the headlines in my local newspaper shows what I mean: “War on Weeds”, “Intergenerational Battle”, “Race for Boltholes”, “Schools Struggle”, “Reports Under Fire”. Even our beloved Resurgence uses them. (For example, “The Fight for Beauty” and “A Nonviolent Fighter for Right” were headlines in the March/April issue.)

Looking at our human behaviour, we so often describe ourselves as ‘fighting’ terrorism, drugs, developers, pollution – the list goes on. In our heads we are at war, even ...


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