Comment from: Hinermad [Visitor]


Military Ethics sounds like a course I’d like to sit in on. I’ve wondered for a long time about how people in the war business justify to themselves the unpleasant jobs they have to do. I imagine there are many different answers ranging from “just following orders” to “the alternative is worse.” Seems to me it’d depend on what the individual holds to be most important.

Oh. Now I see why they had you take the political test. It’s an indicator of just that. (I came up center libertarian on both, although the shorter one pegged me a little further left.)

I think G. K. Chesterton’s quote pretty well answers “why would you fight?” for me: “The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.”


09/20/12 @ 10:53
Comment from: Becky Kauufman [Visitor]
Becky Kauufman

That course sounds fascinating. I took both quizzes – turned out liberal left on the shorter one and Left libertarian (although very near the dividing line between that and Liberal. But I did like sharing that square with the world leaders like Gandhi and Mandela.

09/20/12 @ 14:46
Comment from: diana [Member]

That’s an interesting comment Dave, about how we justify to ourselves the unpleasant jobs we have to do. Someday, I’ll write a blog on that. I’ve never worked out quite how to explain it adequately (although I’ve tried many times).


10/10/12 @ 20:15

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