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Why is There So Much Focus on Making Russia Lose the War in Ukraine?

It is extremely difficult to hurt someone without hurting yourself.

4 min readAug 30, 2023


In America, most of the headlines, the political posturing, and the punditry on the war in Ukraine have one common theme: “Russia must lose”. This is codependence on a vast scale. Our focus on Russia takes our attention away from us. When we focus on Russia, we lose sight of ourselves. I’m not even sure we know what the goals are anymore.

In previous articles, I’ve pointed out that the universe, this place in which we live, is a mirror. It reflects back to us everything we’re thinking and feeling, 24/7. If we feel sad, that comes back to us. We notice said things. If we feel happy, we notice happy things. And if we want someone else to lose, well, we’re going to lose.

We have an almost instinctive response to other people or things that irritate us. I can remember myself as a kid, unloading the dishes from the dishwasher. I had left the door to the cupboard open. I bent down to get dishes to put away, came up fast, and wham! I hit my head on the bottom of the door. Pain! Revenge! Slam the door as hard as I can! Again and again!

The door? It was unfazed. It was fine. It continued to open and close for years to come. But I still felt pain. I…