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Albert Camus: Where war lives. The reign of beasts has begun.


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Albert Camus
From the Notebooks
Translated by Philip Thody


September 7, 1939

We used to wonder where war lived, what it was that made it so vile. And now we realize that we know where it lives, that it is inside ourselves. For most people, it’s the embarrassment, the need to make a choice, the choice which makes them go but feel remorse for not having been brave enough to stay at home, or which makes them stay at home but regret that they can’t share the way the others are going to die.

It’s there, that’s where it really is, and we were looking for in it the blue sky and the world’s indifference. It is in this terrible loneliness both of the combatants and of the noncombatants, in this humiliated despair that we all feel, in the baseness that we feel growing in our faces as the days go by. The reign of beasts has begun.

The hatred and the violence that you can already feel rising up in people. Nothing pure left in them. Nothing unique. They think together. You meet only beasts, bestial European faces. The world makes us feel sick, like this universal wave of cowardice, this mockery of courage, this parody of greatness, and this withering away of honor.

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  1. March 13, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    thank you, might snitch this later for repost
    very appropo for situation in Afghanistan, usa should get out now

  2. Sam Hampton
    June 16, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    This video sure sums that concept

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