Civilized nations are slowly beginning to recognize war as an obsolete method of obtaining decisions. The slaughter involved in modern warfare is so much out of proportion to the ends that the arguments and sentiments which have been used in the past to justily wars are no more tenable. The habit of killing and making life intolerable is said to be an inevitable element in human nature. Spingler writes Man is beast of prey. I will say it again and again. All the paragons of virtue and the social moralists who want to be or get beyond this are only beasts of prey with broken teeth who hate the others on account of the attacks which they prudently avoid.
Before the domestication of animals the hunter discharge a social duty by providing food. Today the hunter is not needed for that purpose; yet hunting is fashionable hunting for sport has taken the place of hunting for livelihood. Even so, when we were surrounded by raiding barbarians, the soldier helped to make life more tolerabie, but is war essential today? Man is the only animal who kills for reasons which are more or less metaphysical. For an absolute claim to territory. War was the sport of kings and the game of the upper classes, in which the prizes were wealth and honour. War has become an end in itself. An exciting game, a vested interest of financiers.
Those who engage in war not bad men who believe themselves to be doing wrong but good men who are convinced that they are worshipped, the military tradition, in its modern from of mechanical inhumanity , will flourish. We must alter our values, we must recognize that violence is an unfortunate breach of community, and devise other ways of establishing satisfactory relationship. Bernard Show remarks some where that, in a really civilized society. Flogging would be impossible, because no man could be persuaded to flog another.
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