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They were too deeply entangled in their own past, caught in the web they had spun themselves – “Darkness At Noon” – Arthur Koestler

July 26th, 2012 · Comments Off on They were too deeply entangled in their own past, caught in the web they had spun themselves – “Darkness At Noon” – Arthur Koestler · Democracy, Means and Ends, Morality, Politics

They were too deeply entangled in their own past, caught in the web they had spun themselves, according to the laws of their own twisted ethics and twisted logic; they were all guilty, although not of those deeds of which they accused themselves. There was no way back for them. Their exit from the stage […]

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The Price of Civilisation – Looking Back on the Spanish War from “Fifty Orwell Essays” – George Orwell.

October 17th, 2011 · Comments Off on The Price of Civilisation – Looking Back on the Spanish War from “Fifty Orwell Essays” – George Orwell. · Civilisation, Extremism, History, Means and Ends, Morality, Non-Violence, Pacifism, Politics, Security Policy, War

We have become too civilized to grasp the obvious. For the truth is very simple. To survive you often have to fight, and to fight you have to dirty yourself. War is evil, and it is often the lesser evil. Those who take the sword perish by the sword, and those who don’t take the […]

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Right and Wrong – “Casino Royale” – Ian Fleming

August 5th, 2011 · Comments Off on Right and Wrong – “Casino Royale” – Ian Fleming · Complexity, Morality, Philosophy

‘You see,’ he said, still looking down at his bandages, ‘when one’s young, it seems very easy to distinguish between right and wrong, but as one gets older it becomes more difficult. At school it’s easy to pick out one’s own villains and heroes and one grows up wanting to be a hero and kill […]

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