Psychic tyranny and Holy aggression
"The inner censor of the mind of the true believer
work of the public censor; his self-discipline is as tyrannical as the
obedience imposed by the regime; he terrorizes his own conscience into
submission; he carries his private Iron Curtain inside his skull, to
his illusions against the intrusion of reality."
"I think most historians will agree that the part played by
of selfish, individual aggression in the holocausts of history was
first and foremost, the slaughter was meant as an offering to the gods,
to king and country, or the future happiness of mankind. The crimes of
Caligula shrink to insignificance compared to the havoc wrought by
The number of victims of robbers, highwaymen, rapists, gangsters and
criminals at any period of history is negligible compared to the
numbers of those cheerfully slain in the name of the true religion,
policy, or correct ideology."
- Arthur Koestler