A long read through the Great Books of the Western World series.
Friday, May 16, 2014
What the Ancients Can Teach Us About War
Sometimes people ask me what I've learned from the Great Books. One (surprising) thing is that I've become less hawkish towards war. The ancient Greeks (whether intentional or not) showed that war turns out awful for pretty much everyone. Of course, it has its place, but when we do the cost/benefit analysis, we have to remember that the cost is pretty damn dire.