[GMW #2406] Tolstoy: Armies Disappear with Public Opinion's Contempt and People are Ashamed of Their War ParticipationFriday 2 Marchs 2012, Editor: Easy
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~ Idea 1284 ~In my Christmas mail I received the following quotation of the opinion of Leon Tolstoy about the military:
15 January 1998
"Armies will disappear when public opinion brands with contempt those who whether for advantage or from fear, sell their dignity as men and enter the ranks of those murderers dressed in fools' clothes – called an army. When men will be ashamed to wear as they do now implements of murder, and when the word military will be what indeed it is – a word of foul abuse, only then will armies first diminish and then quietly disappear and a new age in the life of humanity will commence."
Personally I have never dared to go so far and in such strong terms. What I have requested fundamentally in these 2000 ideas is the basic human right not to be asked to kill or to be killed by another human being neither in the name of a nation, nor of a religion, nor of any other group; and also the right of young people not to be incorporated into military training to kill other human beings.
Perhaps my dreams, strategy and actions are too weak and should be upgraded to the level of Tolstoy's views, feelings and language.
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