Thursday, September 13, 2007

The logic of War

Once again Andy Sullivan has a good post.

"But war, taking away the affluence of daily necessaries, is a most violent master and conformeth most men's passions to the present occasion ... The received value of names imposed for signification of things was changed into arbitrary. For inconsiderate boldness was counted true-hearted manliness; provident deliberation, a handsome fear; modesty, the cloak of cowardice; to be wise in everything, to be lazy in everything. A furious suddenness was reputed a point of valour.

To re-advise for the better security was held a fair pretext of tergiversation. He that was fierce was always trusted, and he that contraried such a one was suspected," - Thucydides, Peloponnesian War, translated by Thomas Hobbes.

By the way, tergiversation means the following. I had to look it up.

–verb (used without object), -sat·ed, -sat·ing.
1. to change repeatedly one's attitude or opinions with respect to a cause, subject, etc.; equivocate.
2. to turn renegade.
[Origin: 1645–55; < L tergiversātus (ptp. of tergiversārī to turn one's back), equiv. to tergi- (comb. form of tergum back) + versātus, ptp. of versāre, freq. of vertere to turn; see -ate1]

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