As long as there is violence, there will be war. One cannot defeat violence with more violence, only with nonresistance to and nonparticipation in it.
If my soldiers started thinking, not a single soldier would remain in my army.
— Frederick II
The wild instinct of military murder has developed in humanity over the course of thousands of years, and has become rooted in our brains. We must hope that our society will be able to rid itself of this terrible crime.
With time I understand the army code that dictates that a sergeant is always right when he addresses a soldier, that a lieutenant is always right when he addresses a sergeant, and so on up to generals and marshals, even when a person says that two by two equals five. If you do not obey your superior, you are punished by death, or years in prison.
Wars can be stopped only if people are ready be persecuted for not participating in them. This is the only way.