I know a lot of us will find this strange- but we are possibly living through one of the most peaceful times that has ever been known in the history of humankind. True- today we have terrorism that hangs as a threat over world peace but in a majority of cases countries respect each others’ sovereignty. There is an understanding and acknowledgement of human rights. And although there are still people who live in peril, the majority of us lead comfortable and secure lives.
This was not the case in the ancient world where rulers kept competing with each other for territory and resources. A large proportion of the population would constantly be under threat and could have their property and lives taken away from them within a very short time. Not surprising that wars and the ensuing victories/ defeats occupied a huge part of people’s consciousness.