guinnevere_b commented this morning that "When the power of love is greater than the love of power the world will know peace."
I decided to look for the source, and came across this site. I choose two powerful statements from two powerful, wise, and knowing men. How can we not listen? It is hard to understand how we continue to ignore what is so obvious. Perhaps now, we won't.
He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would fully suffice. This disgrace to civilization should be done away with at once. Heroism at command, senseless brutality, deplorable love-of-country stance, how violently I hate all this, how despicable and ignoble war is; I would rather be torn to shreds than be a part of so base an action! It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder.
|Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron.|
— Dwight Eisenhower, 1953 speech