Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Passion Party #588 - The End Of Romantic Militarism
"Romantic militarism" refers to a widespread, European intellectual phenomenon that made its appearance at the time of the French Revolution and carried through our two world wars, a belief that war was THE way to enforce justice. The only solution for the injustice in the world is a redemptive cataclysm that will bring total freedom and self-expression.
The fact that war brought enormous death, destruction and man-made disaster was secondary.
But after many conflicts the romance has been drained from war. We realize more and more that human life is precious, and the days of glorifying war are behind us.
Perhaps it is time to not only beat our swords into plow-shares, but to also change the traits that we value most. Glory, honor, per-eminence, manliness, heroism and other symptoms of excess testosterone can be downgraded.
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