Here is an interesting quote I came across for the first time today:
“War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.”
This is a quote from John Stuart Mill, 19th century English philosopher, writer, and advocate for women’s rights among other learned achievements. I wonder if Americans would, if polled, agree or disagree with Mill’s sentiments about war as stated here. Can most Americans name something they would in fact really die for? Somehow I doubt it.