Thursday, March 25, 2010


Since I was weeping the other day during the battle scene in "The Hurt Locker", I have been been thinking about why we kill each other. I just came across this familiar quote, although I had not realised before who had said it.
The late British philosopher Bertrand Russell observed, “Most of the greatest evil that man has inflicted upon man comes through people feeling quite certain about something which, in fact, was false.”
I would like to amend it to, “Most of the greatest evil that man has inflicted upon man comes through people feeling quite certain about something, whether it is true or false".

2 comments:

P. M. Doolan said...

Agreed!

POBOX said...

Maybe. In it's simplest form, people simply like killing things. Dressing up in cool combat clothes just ratchets that value up and adds a degree of justification.