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[Off Topic] TR on Peace

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From Teddy Roosevelt’s Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech: 

We must ever bear in mind that the great end in view is righteousness, justice as between man and man, nation and nation, the chance to lead our lives on a somewhat higher level, with a broader spirit of brotherly goodwill one for another. Peace is generally good in itself, but it is never the highest good unless it comes as the handmaid of righteousness; and it becomes a very evil thing if it serves merely as a mask for cowardice and sloth, or as an instrument to further the ends of despotism or anarchy. We despise and abhor the bully, the brawler, the oppressor, whether in private or public life, but we despise no less the coward and the voluptuary. No man is worth calling a man who will not fight rather than submit to infamy or see those that are dear to him suffer wrong. No nation deserves to exist if it permits itself to lose the stern and virile virtues; and this without regard to whether the loss is due to the growth of a heartless and all-absorbing commercialism, to prolonged indulgence in luxury and soft, effortless ease, or to the deification of a warped and twisted sentimentality.

4 Replies to “[Off Topic] TR on Peace

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    Anton says:

    Timely, in showing how far we have sunk in Presidents, and in Nobel Peace Prize recipients.

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    Barb says:

    The last sentence is very powerful. Thanks for posting this.

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    Mung says:

    No man is worth calling a man who will not fight rather than submit to infamy or see those that are dear to him suffer wrong.

    Thank God Jesus was divine and we men who don’t deserve to be called a man can share in the divine nature.

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    Mung says:

    Those who want to live, let them fight, and those who do not want to fight in this world of eternal struggle do not deserve to live. Even if this were hard – that is how it is!
    – Adolf Hitler

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