Quote by Samuel Johnson
Among the calamities of war, may be justly numbered the diminution of the love of truth, by the falsehoods which interest dictates, and credulity encourages.
This quote highlights one of the consequences of war, which is the erosion of the love for truth. The pursuit of self-interest during wartime often leads to the spread of falsehoods, while the tendency to believe in these falsehoods further perpetuates them. In the chaos and turmoil of war, the truth becomes a casualty as individuals and parties manipulate facts to advance their own agenda. This quote underscores the unfortunate impact of war on the integrity and reliability of information, exposing the detrimental effects of both deception and gullibility in times of conflict.
Perfectionism, no less than isolationism or imperialism or power politics, may obstruct the paths to international peace. Let us not forget that the retreat to isolationism a quarter of a century ago was started not by a direct attack against international cooperation but against the alleged imperfections of the peace.