Saturday, July 17, 2021

History Does not Recognize Human Values

People wish to believe that truth, morality, and virtue will prevail in the end, but that end in which these values will prevail never arrives. History has no end, no beginning. The notion of our values prevailing in the end is meaningless, since the end of history will not be reached in our lifetime or after any number of lifetimes. Truth, morality, and virtue play no role in the contests of history. The causes which become dominant in any age are those which are backed by ruthless strategy, great passion and ambition, religious zeal, and chance factors. The contest goes on in an infinite future—today’s winners can be tomorrow’s losers if they lose the qualities that had once allowed them to prevail.

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