You are not your character. But your characters are you. — Raymond Carver
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
On Comfort women:
Because most of the victims came from cultures that idealized chastity in women, even those who survived rarely spoke after the war – most not until very recently – about their experiences for fear of facing more shame and derision. Asian Confucianism – particularly Korean Confucianism – upheld female purity as a virtue greater than life and perpetuated the belief that any woman who could live through such a degrading experience and not commit suicide was herself an affront to society.
Power kills, and absolute power kills absolutely.
The less restraint on power within a government, the more likely that government will act on the whims or psychologically generated darker impulses of its leaders to wage war on foreign governments.
Very early in my life it was too late.