Estoy leyendo Guliver´s Travels, de Jonathan Swift. Es increible cómo este cuento, de 1726, es tan actual aún, que las palabras de Swift parecen hasta una premonición. En este trecho, Guliver le explica al lider de uno de los países que visitó, por qué los seres humanos, europeos, ingleses, van a la guerra. Absurdo que en los tiempos de hoy todavía es actual.
He asked me what were the usual causes or motives that made one country go to war with another. I answered they were innumerable, but I should only mention a few of the chief. Sometimes teh ambition of princes, who never think they have the land or people enough to govern; sometimes the corruption of ministers, who engage their master in a war in order to stifle or divert the clamour of the subjects against their evil administration. Difference in opinions hath cost many millions of lives: for instance, whether flesh be bread, or bread be flesh; whether whistling be a vice or a virtue; whether it be better to kiss a post, or throw it into the fire; what is the best colour for a coat, wheather black, white, red, or gray; and whether it should be long or short, narrow or wide, dirty or clean; with many more. Neither are any wars so furious and bloody, or or so long continuance, as those occasioned by difference in opinion, especially if it be in things indifferent.