Half a century ago I spent 3 years preparing to be ordained in the clergy — which I did not do because my teachers had taught me that our religions had begun to degenerate into fixations with war, hatred, revenge, killing. I had been drawn rather to the Christian Gospel of compassion — for the poor and those seeking forgiveness for their wrong-doing to others.

We now see the outcomes of degenerate religions which would rather kill and maim than heal. And so it went with the ancient Athenians who continued to practice the religious ceremonies in which no sane Athenian still believed.

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

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