Quote of the day – George Orwell on #Pacifism

Those who “abjure” violence can only do so because others are committing violence on their behalf.

via George Orwell, “Notes on Nationalism,” May, 1945 .

Thought this might start a conversation…

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4 Replies to “Quote of the day – George Orwell on #Pacifism”

  1. I guess there must be another interpretation of “43Ye have heard that it was said, Thou shalt love thy neighbor, and hate thine enemy: 44but I say unto you, Love your enemies, and pray for them that persecute you; 45that ye may be sons of your Father who is in heaven”?

    1. nope. this is why the Church developed a Just War theory. But, I think that in the end, the best pacifists are not those who are never tried in the philosophy, but those who are tried, failed, and then preach.

  2. Since the subject is George Orwell, I could be my obnoxious self, and say in context of religion…
    Following the lead of “1984”, “Ministry of Peace” is to “Just War”, as “Big Brother” is to
    “_ _ _ _ _”. Begins with a “J”, and ends with an “S”. I am not a pacifist, but I accept the fact that “Just War” should not be compatible with Jesus, since we are making the decision to judge an enemy is deserving of a Hellfire missile up his tailpipe. A religion contorting definitions to justify “Just War” is OK we me, but they are playing the “Ministry of Truth” game.

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