Thursday, July 12, 2007

Orwell on War Human Emotion

Orwell via a reader at Andrew Sullivan

"The energy that actually shapes the world springs from emotions — racial pride, leader-worship, religious belief, love of war — which liberal intellectuals mechanically write off as anachronisms, and which they have usually destroyed so completely in themselves as to have lost all power of action ... He [H.G. Wells] was, and still is, quite incapable of understanding that nationalism, religious bigotry and feudal loyalty are far more powerful forces than what he himself would describe as sanity."

This is very true. Let us not forget the 'Fear' in 'FUD', which was also groomed mightily by the Bush Administration.

I had hope, for the most part, that my fellow countryman would rise above these shortcomings. Our society still has a long way to go.

An original is here.

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