Saturday, December 24, 2005

War, Sartre, the Season

The following quotation is taken from The Secret Annexe: An Anthology of the World’s Greatest War Diarists, edited by Irene and Alan Taylor, published in the U.K. last year. It seemed appropriate to this particular Christmas season:

December 23, 1939 [France]
The further I go, the more I see that men deserve war – and deserve it more, the more they wage it. It’s like the song of Adam that each individual, according to Kierkegaard, freely adapts as his own. The declaration of war, which was the fault of certain men, we all adapt as our own, with our freedom. This War – we have all declared it at one moment or another.
                              Jean-Paul Sartre

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