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Quotation of the Day…

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… is from the fifth-century B.C. Chinese philosopher Mozi [2], whose writing on war [3] I learned about while reading Michael Huemer’s superb 2013 book, The Problem of Political Authority [4]; on page 337 Huemer quotes part of the passage below :

To kill one man is to be guilty of a capital crime, to kill ten men is to increase the guilt ten-fold, to kill a hundred men is to increase it a hundred-fold.  This the rulers of the earth all recognize and yet when it comes to the greatest crime – waging war on another state – they praise it!   It is clear they do not know it is wrong, for they record such deeds to be handed down to posterity; if they knew they were wrong, why should they wish to record them and have them handed down to posterity?  If a man on seeing a little black were to say it is black, but on seeing a lot of black were to say it were white, it would be clear that such a man could not distinguish between black and white.

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