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The alternative choices are both evil, but not equally evil. Either we disarm and seek peace on the best obtainable terms--no matter how crushing they may be--or we continue the nuclear armaments race until it eventually and inevitably ends in nuclear war. Under the first choice we may find ourselves--if the worst happens--in a situation hardly short of virtual surrender. Its consequences may include atheistic education for the young and the disappearance of all that is fine in our civilization. But it would continue to survive and after some time reciprocal influences would begin to appear. Under the second choice, in fighting to defend our way of life by atomic weapons, we would be using an evil means to attain a good end.


-- Notebooks Category 11: The Negatives > Chapter 3: Their Presence in The World > # 463






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