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The sufferings of war did not have a morally purifying effect on all people but only on some people. On others they had a morally degenerating effect--on profiteers, for instance, and on those who sought relief in a lower sensualism than they had hitherto known. Again, if the war ennobled some soldiers with sacrificial ideals it brutalized others with violent instincts. Consequently, there are now two general groups, one which has advanced spiritually and one which has worsened spiritually. If the first is readier to accept such ideas, the second is readier to reject them. The position with which we are thus faced at the opening of peace is somewhat confused.


-- Notebooks Category 11: The Negatives > Chapter 3: Their Presence in The World > # 256






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