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We Need to Understand this Better by Now

Posted by Michael Dolan on January 13, 2013 in Uncategorized |

“To fit in with the change of events, words, too, had to change.  What used to be thought of as a thoughtless act of aggression was now regarded as the courage one would expect to find in a party member; to think of the future and wait was merely another way of saying one was a coward, any idea of moderation was just an attempt to disguise one’s unmanly character; ability to understand a question from all sides meant one was totally unfitted for action; frenzied violence came to be considered an attribute of a real man.”

–Thucydides, The Peloponnesian War, Book 3

Thucydides was a general in the war fought between Athens and Sparta from 431 to 404 BC.

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