I totally feel you, I feel like my mind expanded tenfold during this course. It is hard to grasp still the magnitude of violence that happens every day.
I do have to say, in regards to your comment about voluntary service in the military — I don’t think it’s so simple to say “well, they asked for it!” There’s socioeconomic reasons people join — it’s not everyone’s dream. It gives people an education for free, etc. etc. That being said, choosing to go into war and being in war are different things. The amount of traumatized veterans, injured bodies and minds; the lack of support for those who return permanently damaged — these are huge problems that keep the violence of war present long after the front lines change. It seems like the people volunteering shouldn’t be the ones who are paying the price for government’s decisions, but that is how politics work. We could have military focused on peace keeping rather than fighting — but there’s so much propaganda surrounding a peaceful choice. Trudeau is being criticized already for ending Canada’s participation in bombing Syria. Anyway, bottom line for me is that people do go into war, yes, ‘voluntarily’ — but only as voluntarily as any person can behave in a society structured to create class difference and order. That’s this ‘so-called’ democracy, hah.