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Bhagavad Gita

             While the first chapter introduces most of the characters and provides the readers with the situation that is currently taking place and the situations that will occur in the future, the proceeding chapters being to teach philosophy. It is not only the philosophy of the world or philosophy of the mind, but the philosophy and ideology of reality. It is often that people are caught in a Catch-22 situation, where if they chose either route, they will still lose, or die. Because of this situation, people begin to rationalize which is the better of the two, as well as how the outcome will not only affect them, but how it will affect others. .
             At the conclusion of Arjuna's Dejection, Arjuna declares to Krishna,.
             " Krishna, I see my kinsman gathered here wanted war. My limbs sink, my mouth is parched, my body trembles, the hair bristles on my flesh. The magic bow slips from my hand, skin burns, I cannot stand still, my mind reels" (24-5).
             The Arjuna, the thought he has to fight his own people for a battle that at the end might not be worth the effort is a mind blowing. He does not understand how can kill father, grandfathers, and brothers, men who belong to their families for the purpose of gaining power. Arjuna tells Krishna that he does not believe in innocent killing and that "honor forbids" them to kill their cousins. On the one hand I may agree with Arjuna that morally, killing your own cousin for the sole purpose of gaining power or land is a selfish and unethical action. On the other hand, when in a time of war, one is fighting strongly for an idea or cause they have strong believe in, or fighting to acquire something that has once belonged to you and was unrightfully taken away, no matter who the person in front of you standing to block that path, you will hurt, or even kill that person. Maybe it is a bit pessimistic to say, but I believe that most people, even the "good ones", are selfish and their actions are result of, will result in them benefiting in some form.

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