WAR - WORSHIP.
|240. How often, in such a charge [during manUI+0153uvres] has my ear caught the yearning cry of a comrade tearing along beside me: "Donnerwetter, if this were only the real thing!" (wenn das doch Ernst wäre).-- KRONPRINZ WILHELM, D.I.W., Chapter II.|
|240a. When the Gordian knot is ready to be cut, God sends the Alexander! Does not the Crown Prince William's confession of his belief in courage as the highest flower of the human spirit, in his book Deutschland in Waffen, sound like an answer to the longing that thrills through our whole people?-- Deutsche Tageszeitung, 5th May, 1913. NIPPOLD, D. C. , P. 34.|
|241. In philosophic form, the idea of the beneficence of war may be traced back to the saying of Heraclitus, "polemos patêr pantôn" [war is the father of everything]. . . . War is held to be a divine institution, a law of the universe, present in all nature; not for nothing do the Indians worship Siva the Destroyer; the warrior is filled with the enthusiasm of destruction; wars purify the atmosphere like thunderstorms.* . . . .|