One of our friends sent us this news article about the man who had invented the Kalashnikov automatic rifle. She said, "I wonder how do people who invented different weapons feel about it as souls. A lousy mission to complete down here- to be the inventor of another way to kill." Someone else pointed out that he was helping to defend his country against Hitler and didn't that at least partially mitigate the evil he had accomplished.
BEN: This man did his best to do what was required of him. In his way he was trying to serve his country and his fellow soldiers. In nearly all cases where someone is called to serve and does dreadful harm his problem results from trying to serve a circle that is too small. He did well creating a weapon to match that of the Germans. He regrets that criminals have used his weapons and that children were killed with them. In his next life he is going to understand his duty to all those he affected when he tried to serve his own and did such evil to others. In his next lives he is going to create bigger circles of human being who own his loyalty.
Donya: I asked if he was going to stop contributing to violence in his future lives.
Maybe but if he does there will be others to take his place. The world isn't ready to give up violence. It is profitable and, for many people, enjoyable. Before there is an end to it people must expand the circles of those they perceive as like themselves. Eventually all the circles will overlap each other like a giant Venn diagram and no one will be able to find anyone suitable to kill or hurt.