Collective Trauma and Going to War

At the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, ancient Greece and Rome can tell us a lot about the links between collective trauma and going to war.


This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at http://spectrummagazine.org/node/11402

Truly insightful essay. It is never safe to assume or more importantly “feel” that if one has the power sitting around, it’s far more satisfying to use it than watch it. As many therapists have pointed out, when you buy and train an attack dog to protect you from an intruder, you always secretly hope someone will test it. You can hardly wait to see what it can do!!

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‘To a man with a hammer, everything looks like a nail’

(Abraham Maslow) :rofl:

Two corollaries occur:

Every holy man—or any man with a book he deems to be holy—thinks everyone is a sinner.

Everyone who’s found a prophet—or who thinks he’s seen the future —believes everyone is doomed.

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