War is the father of all things. Heraclitus 1. End of History We have been raised on the belief that mankind has progressed to a higher form of existence via a struggle for human rights. From greater tolerance, greater respect, greater all round ‘love,’ members of mankind can now live lifestyles of independence and self-expression….
As for myself, I believe, in a similar way to de Maistre, that we are all subject to a greater plan. We know no more about the plan than a leaf on a tree perceives the greater body of which it is but a small part. Even without war, we feel great pain and unhappiness in our lives but have to learn to look for the silver linings, those linings being wisdom and prudence.