Guest Article: A Lenten Examination of Conscience 6

Post Constantinian Christianity

A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right

The history of war is the history of powerful individuals willing to sacrifice thousands, and even millions, of other people’s lives for personal gains. The struggle of human beings against those who lust to have power over them is the struggle of memory against forgetting. A long habit, systematically nurtured and sustained, of not remembering the violent, vile and vicious as wrong gives them a superficial appearance of right—which then morally permits, indeed fosters, ever more zealous violence, vileness and viciousness. To justify an evil is to perpetuate an evil. To justify an evil is to be a perpetuator of that evil.

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