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Einstein and Freud on War

In 1932 Albert Einstein was contacted by the League of Nations, an international organisation upon which the United Nations is currently predicated. Asked to select an interlocutor to converse with about a critical problem or question, he chose to ask the following: “Is there any way of delivering humankind from the menace of war?” Einstein selected Sigmund Freud and the correspondence was published under the title On War.

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In 1932 Albert Einstein was contacted by the League of Nations, an international organisation upon which the UN is currently predicated. Asked to select an interlocutor to converse with about a critical problem or question, he chose to ask the following: “Is there any way of delivering humankind from the menace of war?” Einstein selected Sigmund Freud and the correspondence was published under the title On War. 

“It would almost appear that the very domain of human activity most crucial to the fate of nations is inescapably in the hands of wholly irresponsible political rulers. Political leaders or governments owe their power either to the use of force or to their election by the masses. They cannot be regarded as representative of the superior moral or intellectual elements in a nation.” – Albert Einstein

 “Why do we, you and I and many another, protest so vehemently against war, instead of just accepting it as another of life’s odious importunities? For it seems a natural thing enough, biologically sound and practically unavoidable.” – Sigmund Freud





 
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