To Ashes

Man has longings and spiritual demands that reality cannot fulfill. We have expectations of a just and moral world. Man requires meaning in a meaningless world.
   — Peter Wessel Zapffe

Little souls who thirst for fight,
These men were born to drill and die.
The unexplained glory files above them,
Great is the battle-god, great, and his kingdom–
A field where a thousand corpses lie.

–Stephen Crane

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