The War of 1914-18 changed everything for me... I changed my whole conception of human nature. ... I became convinced that most human beings are possessed by a profound unhappiness venting itself in destructive rages, and that only through the diffusion of instinctive joy can a good world be brought into being. I saw that reformers and reactionaries alike in our present world have become distorted by cruelties. I grew suspicious of all purposes demanding stern discipline..
Source: The Autobiography of Bertrand Russell, v.2
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