Understanding Human Warfare

Riot.Jane

I am currently reading American Gods, by Neil Gaiman.  Twice already I’ve laughed out loud, and twice I’ve been made to really think about the nature of Man.  This was one of the latter:

There’s never been a true war that wasn’t fought between two sets of people who were certain they were in the right. The really dangerous people believe that they are doing whatever they are doing solely and only because it is without question the right thing to do. And that is what makes them dangerous.

— Neil Gaiman, American Gods

This reminds me yet again of the dangers of dogma and the contradictions of deity.  The good that Man will do in the name of something larger than himself is eclipsed only by the evil he will do in the same name.

~Riot.Jane

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Middle-aged, life-long Texan with a substantial chip on her shoulder.

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2 comments on “Understanding Human Warfare
  1. hanzel says:

    You are not to die for your country ( your beliefs ) but you are to make the enemy die for his.

  2. Riot.Jane says:

    Because, of course, whatever it is we're doing is without-a-doubt right, right?

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