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Tolkien Quote of the Evening

“War must be, while we defend our lives against a destroyer who would devour all; but I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend.”
― J.R.R. TolkienThe Two Towers

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  1. There is no force of evil, no destroyer who would “devour all”. There are only people. The religious myth makers have invented the inevitability of war. There is only the failure of human beings to make peace.

    • The GermaNazi Hitlerian advance in Europe would have appeared to argue otherwise, at the time.

      Would hindsight say differently today?

    • Um, Tolkien fought in WWI and lived in England during WWII.
      He witnessed Neville Chamberlain trying to make peace.
      6 million Jews would disagree with you.

      • So would 26 million Poles and their living descendants. I remember reading somewhere that when the Red Army took Poland, they found
        enough stockpiled Zyklon B crystals to provide about 26 million doses-worth. And there were 26 million Poles in Poland at the time. I can’t remember where I read that. And I have never seen it fully amplified and explored.

    • Those religious myth makers are the very force of evil you whose existence you deny.

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