“But I am well aware of the excuse which men, ever ingenious in devising mischief to themselves as well as others, offer in extenuation of their conduct in going to war. They allege that they are compelled to it, that they are dragged against their will to war. I answer them, deal fairly; pull off the mask; throw away all false colours; consult your own heart, and you will find that anger, ambition, and folly are the compulsory force that has dragged you to war, and not any necessity; unless indeed you call the insatiable cravings of a covetous mind, necessity.” – Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus
A certain level of clarity of thought and purity of heart is required for a man to truly discern his underlying intentions. Most have their inmost compulsions so thoroughly justified by so-called “good intentions” (be they born of tribalism, patriotism, egalitarianism, humanism, pacifism, etc.) that they no longer have direct cognition of the compulsory forces at work in themselves.