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daughter and at this time Agamemnon must have realized the true consequences of his actions. This story is a good example of the old saying “What goes around comes around,” and has many similarities with historical warfare. Whatever the reasons for warfare have been in the past, they have always had consequences much greater than the rewards. A classic example of this is the Roman Empire. They conquered people after people in the quest of world domination and unlimited wealth. And it is true that the Romans achieved this, but only for a while. In the end they were defeated and left in ruins. The Bhagavad Gita gives us a better look at what we are striving to do now in modern times, as relates to warfare. Arjuna was a pacifist and if he had gotten the opportunity, would have

settled the dispute with words in a peaceful manner. This is the exact method of warfare today that is part of a politically dominated society. There have been no major wars between first world nations since Vietnam. And even that was only after long political efforts. The ways of war are turning from fighting to negotiating, and this will continue progressively with time. Both of these classic texts present a different perspective on war. Agamemnon is motivated by pride and revenge, and will stop at nothing until his war is won. The Bhagavad Gita on the other hand is a pacifist and does not want to fight in the first place. Both Arjuna and Agamemnon answer their call to arms, but the way that each goes about it is different. And afterwards each learns that the cost of war is

great and the benefits little. We can apply these great readings to our own society in how they pertain to war. Agamemnon represents the days of old when empires would try to rule the world. The Bhagavad Gita shows us the path that we should follow, pacifism.