International Institute of Intellectual
Cooperation, League of Nations, 60 pages,
Translated from the original German by
Preface of the Online Edition of 2023:
A Few Lines by Sigmund Freud
war runs most emphatically counter to the psychic disposition imposed on us by
the growth of culture; we are therefore bound to resent war, to find it utterly
intolerable. With pacifists like us it is not merely an intellectual and
affective repulsion, but a constitutional intolerance, an idiosyncrasy in its
most drastic form. And it would seem that the aesthetic ignominies of warfare
play almost as large a part in this repugnance as war’s atrocities.
How long have we to wait before the rest
of men turn pacifist? Impossible to say, and yet perhaps our hope that these
two factors - man’s cultural disposition and a well-founded dread of the form
that future wars will take - may serve to put an end to war in the near future,
is not chimerical. But by what ways or by-ways this will come about, we cannot
guess. Meanwhile we may rest on the assurance that whatever makes for cultural
development is working also against war.
(An excerpt from pages 56-57 in the present book)
Click to read the
book ‘Why War?’ - in PDF
book Why War?, by Albert Einstein
and Sigmund Freud, was published in PDF at the websites of the Independent
Lodge of Theosophists, on 10 April 2023.
Regarding the role of
the esoteric movement in the ethical awakening of mankind during the 21st
century, see the book “The Fire and Light of Theosophical Literature”,
by Carlos Cardoso Aveline.
Published in 2013
by The Aquarian Theosophist, the volume has 255 pages. Contact: Indelodge@gmail.com.