By James Hillman

"Important analyzing for our time, as we attempt to make feel of our terrors." —San Francisco Chronicle

"[Hillman’s] portrayal of conflict as an implacable strength, a first-rate component of the human , is unsettling." —Publishers Weekly

War is a undying strength within the human imagination—and, certainly, in everyday life. Engaged within the task of destruction, its squaddies and its sufferers find a paradoxical but profound feel of current, of being human. In A negative Love of warfare, James Hillman, one in all today’s most dear psychologists, undertakes a groundbreaking exam of the essence of conflict, its mental origins and inhuman behaviors. using stories from many fronts and instances, letters from warring parties, analyses via army gurus, vintage myths, and writings from nice thinkers, together with Twain, Tolstoy, Kant, Arendt, Foucault, and Levinas, Hillman’s vast sweep and exact learn carry a essentially new figuring out to humanity’s simultaneous charm and aversion to struggle. this can be a compelling, worthy booklet in a violent world.

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From world-renowned psychologist and bestselling writer of The Soul's Code, a profound exam of the roots of man's primal love/hate dating with warfare.
battle is a undying strength within the human imagination-and, certainly, in lifestyle. If fresh occasions have taught us whatever, it truly is that peacetime isn't really approximately so consistent and possible as wartime. through the 5,600 years of recorded historical past, 14,600 wars were fought-2 to three for each yr of human background. battle is a continuing factor. And but not anyone particularly is aware why that's.
In A poor Love of War, James Hillman, one of many imperative figures in psychology within the 20th and twenty-first centuries, fills this nice void and undertakes a groundbreaking exam of the origins, wishes, and rewards of struggle. furthermore, during this amazing inquiry, Hillman explores many different crucial questions, similar to:
Is struggle an important a part of our human soul and, for that reason, an important a part of our lives?
- Why can we desire enemies?
- What scars does battle carve at the psyche of its infantrymen? And why does it have this sort of everlasting effect?
- If warfare is this type of "normal" a part of our life, why can we worry it loads? And alternately, how may perhaps we ever include a strength so damaging, so wanton, and so inhuman?
- Can the impulse to have interaction in warfare be tamed?
Hillman asserts that "if we'd like war's horror to be abated in order that existence may match on, it's important to appreciate and imagine." A bad Love of War is a vital device to figuring out war-a an important ebook for us all.

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That's what war really is. I'll never forget my first day on duty. I was so overwhelmed by the time I got to the third bed: this whole side of a face being gone. I wouldn't know how to focus on the eye that peeked through these bandages. Should I pretend I didn't notice it? Shall we talk about it? 49 A TERRIBLE LOVE OF WAR Molly led me down to the next bed: The Nose, she called him. He had lost his nose. Later on, I got used to it, all this kidding about their condition. He would pretend to laugh.

Mind you now: there may not actually be an enemy! All along we are speaking of the idea of an enemy, a phantom enemy. It is not the enemy that is essential to war and that forces wars upon us, but the imagination. Imagination is the driving force, especially when imagination has been preconditioned by the media, education, and religion, and fed with aggressive boosterism and pathetic pieties by the state's need for enemies. The imagined phantom swells and clouds the horizon, we cannot see beyond enmity.

Every nation has its hawks. Moreover, resisters, dissenters, pacifists, objectors, and deserters rarely are able to bring war to a halt. The saying, "Someday they'll give a war and no one will come," remains a fond wish. War drives everything else off the front page. If war is normal, is this because it is lodged in human nature or because it is inherent to societies? Is war basically an expression of human aggression and self-preservation or an extension of pack behavior-the hunting pack, the raiding pack, all the way up to a coalition of millions in a distant land?

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