Thoughtful people cannot fail to be impressed with the exhibition of so-called patriotism upon every occurrence of actual or even prospective war. If the invasion of one's country is threatened, its rights and dignity dishonored, or even a trivial international issue is precipitated, there is an immediate manifestation of a practically universal impulse, which is sometimes blind and unthinking, sometimes thoughtful, self-forgetful, and heroic.

The individual may know relatively nothing of the facts, or of the questions at issue, and the weightiest considerations may demand his undisturbed devotion to his customary duties; nevertheless, not only is all regard for family and financial interests set aside by unnumbered men, but they face the certainty of a hard life, exhausting exhausting labor, poor and insufficient food, sickness and suffering, together with the possibility if not likelihood of wounds or sudden death, without hesitation and without reserve! All their lives they have been guarding against the things they now seem to welcome, and the power of this impulse to dominate mortals is one of the most significant facts of human history.

Lecture in The Mother Church
May 23, 1914

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