"What a disgraceful
spectacle humanity presents.
In spite of its fearful wounds, humanity
makes war upon humanity.
We who deal with the sores afflicting
mankind are struck more than others by all
the evil men voluntarily inflict upon one another.
I am neither a
politician nor a propagandist.
It is not my business to occupy myself with ideas.
I have too
much else to do.
But sometimes I am moved by a
great pity, as lofty as a
The old doctor smiled sadly at
this vehemence, then his smile vanished at the thought of the undeniable
"Unfortunately you are right.
With all the misery
we have to suffer, we tear
ourselves with our own hands besides - the war of the classes, the war of
the nations, whether you look at us from afar or from above, we are barbarians
"Why, why," said the young doctor, who was getting
excited, "why do we continue to be fools when we recognise our own
The old practitioner shrugged his shoulders, as he had a
few moments before when they spoke of incurable diseases.
force of tradition, fanned by interested parties.
We are not free, we are attached to the
We study what has always been done, and do it over again -
war and injustice.
perhaps humanity will succeed in ridding itself of the ghost of the past.
Let us hope that some day we shall emerge from this endless epoch of
massacre and misery.
What else is there to do than to
The old man stopped at this.
The young man said: "To will."
The other man made a
gesture with his hand.
"There is one great general cause for the
world's ulcer," the younger one kept on.
"You have said it - servility
to the past, prejudice which prevents us
from doing things differently, according to reason and
spirit of tradition infects humanity, and its
two frightful manifestations are
The old man rose from his
chair, as if about to protest and as if to say, "Don't mention them!"
But the young man could not restrain himself any more. "
inheritance from past
tradition and the homeland."
"Hush!" cried the old man.
"You are treading on ground on
which I cannot follow.
I recognise the present evil.
I pray with
all my heart for the new era.
that, I believe in it.
But do not speak that way about two sacred
"You speak like everybody else," said the young man
"We must go to the
root of the evil, you know we must.
You certainly do," and he added
violently, "Why do you act as if you did not know it?
If we wish to
cure ourselves of oppression and war,
we have a right to attack them by all the means possible - all! - the principle
of inheritance of past tradition and the cult of the homeland."
we haven't the right," exclaimed the old man, who had risen in great agitation
and threw a look at his interlocutor that was hard, almost savage.
have the right!" cried the young man.
All at once, the grey head
drooped, and the old man said in a low voice:
"Yes, it is true, we have
I remember one day during
We were standing beside a dying man.
No one knew who
He had been found in the debris of a bombed ambulance - whether
bombed purposely or not, the result was the same.
His face had been
mutilated beyond recognition.
All you could tell was that he belonged
to one of the two armies.
He moaned, groaned, sobbed, shrieked -
inventing the most appalling cries.
We listened to the sounds that he
made in his agony, trying to find one word, the faintest accent, that would at
least indicate his nationality. No use.
Not a single intelligible sound
from that something like a face quivering on the stretcher.
and listened, until he fell silent.
When he was dead and we stopped
trembling, I had a flash of comprehension. I understood.
in the depths of my being that man is more closely knit to man than to his
Yes, we have a right to question
oppression and war.
I saw the
truth several times afterward again, but I am an
old man, and I haven't the strength to stick to it."
"My dear sir,"
said the young man, rising, with respect in his voice.
Evidently he was
"Yes, I know, I know," the old scientist continued in an
outburst of sincerity.
"I know that in spite of all the arguments and
the maze of special cases in which people
lose themselves, the absolute, simple truth remains, that the law by which some
are born rich and others poor
and which maintains a chronic inequality in society is a supreme
It rests on no
better basis than the law that once created races of
know patriotism has become a narrow
offensive sentiment which as long as it lives will maintain war and exhaust the
I know that neither work
nor material and moral prosperity, nor the noble refinements of progress, nor
the wonders of art, need competition inspired by hate.
In fact, I
know that, on the contrary, these things are destroyed by arms.
that the map of a country is composed of conventional lines and different
names, that our innate compassion of self leads us closer to those that are
like-minded than to those who belong to the same geographical group, and we are
more truly compatriots of those who understand us and who are
on the level of our own souls, or
who suffer the same slavery than of
those whom we meet on the street.
The adoration we have for our native
land would be good and praiseworthy if it did not degenerate, as we see it does
everywhere, into vanity,
the spirit of predominance,
monstrous distortion of the
patriotic sentiment is increasingly killing off
humanity. Mankind is committing
suicide. Our age is an
Two men have a simultaneous vision and say: "A cancer, a cancer!"
The older scientist grew animated, succumbing to the evidence.
"I know as well as you do that posterity will judge severely those who
have made a fetish of the institutions
of oppression and have cultivated and spread the ideas supporting them.
I know that the cure for an abuse does not begin until
we refuse to submit to the cult
that consecrates it.
And I, who have devoted myself for half a
century to the great discoveries that have changed the face of the world, I
know that in introducing an innovation
one encounters hostility." - Henri Barbusse
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