Tuesday, June 28, 2011

There is nothing as bad as war. Everybody hates this war.

"There is nothing as bad as war. ... When people realize how bad it is they cannot do anything to stop it because they go crazy.  There are some people who never realize. There are people who are afraid of their officers. It is with them the war is made"

"I know it is bad but we must finish it."

"It doesn't finish.  There is no finish to a war."

"Yes there is."

Passini shook his head.

"War is not won by victory. ... We think. We read. We are not peasants.  We are mechanics.  But even the peasants know better than to believe in a war.  Everybody hates this war."

"There is a class that controls a country that is stupid and does not realize anything and never can. That is why we have this war."

"Also they make money out of it."

Sounds very contemporary, doesn't it?

It is from Ernest Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms.

First published in 1929.
Eighty-two years have gone by and, yet, echoes today's world.

Perhaps another piece of evidence that the more things change, the more they look the same :(


PS: A couple of pages after this, Passini is killed in a mortar attack when they are eating cheese and macaroni in the trenches :(

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