FAST FOOD (AD 2019): Twenty-First Helping:
A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right.
The history of war is the history of powerful individuals willing to sacrifice thousands, and even millions, of other people’s lives for personal gain. As Patrick J. Buchanann writes in his book, The Unnecessary War, “War is the creations of individual not of nations.”
The struggle of human beings against those who lust to have power over them is the struggle of memory against forgetting. A long habit, systematically nurtured and systematically sustained, of not remembering the violent, vile and vicious as wrong gives them a superficial appearance of being right—which then morally permits, indeed fosters further violence, vileness and viciousness. To justify an evil is to perpetuate that evil. To justify an evil is to be a perpetuator of that evil. To ignore an evil is to guarantee that it will perpetuate itself with evermore lavish zeal.
- Emmanuel Charles McCarthy