Quote of the Day


If we should perish, the ruthlessness of the foe would be only the secondary cause of the disaster. The primary cause would be that the strength of a great nation was directed by eyes too blind to see all the hazards of the struggle; and the blindness would be induced not by some accident of nature or history but by hatred and vainglory.  

–Reinhold Niebuhr, The Irony of American History, 1952

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2 thoughts on “Quote of the Day

  1. Niebuhr’s statement just speaks loudly at this time and in this environment where both vainglory and hatred are promoted


  2. “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man…”. It’s not just the USA but every strong country which at some point has been blinded by vainglory. Why pick on the USA? As far as hatred, there’s enough of that to go around. Just about every nation in history has hated someone some group, or some other entity. A national body of people don’t need to possess strength in order to resort to hatred. Niebuhr’s remark is less profound than his accomplished rhetorical skills dress it up to be.


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