"Arms observe no bounds; nor can the wrath of the sword, once drawn, be easily checked or stayed; war delights in blood."
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
(4 B.C.-A.D. 65) Roman Stoic philosopher, statesman, dramatist, "Seneca the Younger"
Tragedies, Hercules Furens (The Madness of Hercules), lines 403-405; (Lycus).
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In context as an abstract overall, I'm afraid it is far to accurate, far to often. The demonic / sick heart and mind feeds itself through greater and greater acts of immorality, debauchery and depravities.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
    "Christ died to make men free, let us fight to keep men free."
    "Cursed be he that doeth the work of the Lord deceitfully, and cursed be he that keepeth back his sword from blood."
    Grant socialism no safe harbor in the land of Liberty and Freedom. The Oath is more than just words !
     -- Ronw13, Oregon     
    We are by nature predatory animals at the top of the pyramid.  To be an honorable and 'civilized' man, I know that I must keep my bloodlust in check.  I endeavor to transcend these base desires and live according to my promises and principles.  I am for Peace and will promote it rather than war.  I am grateful every day for not having to slit someone's throat. ;-)
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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