The order of today’s world is nearly as fragile as that which prevailed in 1914. We should be extremely careful. When statesmen promise that a war will be short and “limited,” we should remember that most of the troops who marched in August 1914 were certain that they would be back home for Christmas. On a deeper level, we need to revive the rich and generous moral code that arose in Christian Europe over many centuries, which recognized the sanctity of individual life and the non-negotiable rights of the human person to political, religious, and economic freedom.
These were the truths that Western man forgot, en masse, a hundred years ago today. Unless we wish to fall back into history’s bloody trench, we must make ourselves learn its lessons.
Jason Jones andJohn Zmirak are co-authors of the forthcomingThe Race to Save Our Century: How Modern Man Embraced Subhumanism and the Great Campaign to Build a Culture of Life.