In Blood Rites By Ehrenreich Summary

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When talking about war, there are many books with few answers to what war truly is. Barbara Ehrenreich brings forth not only the possibilities towards understanding war but also the passion people from history have had towards it. One key issue she brings to light is humanities love for war, so much so that people would use excuses like holy wars to justify their need to fight in a war. She declares that war is as muddled as the issue of diseases and where diseases came from around 200 years ago. More so than that she even goes further on to state that these rituals that date back to prehistoric times are the cause of human nature during times of war rather than human instinct. Ehrenreich brings up the idea that war is human kinds natural high. She sails us down a road of self-doubt in humanity and makes society re-question the idea of antiwar acts all the …show more content…

Then by the same sign when a man kills ten others, his crime will be ten times greater and should be punished by death ten times…. Crime such as attacking another country is applauded as a righteous act, can this be said to be knowing the difference between righteousness and unrighteousness? (20)” this quote originated from Judy Grahn’s book, “blood, bread, and roses” and it is notable to mention for its truthfulness that people place blame to everything else unless notably acceptable in society. When it came down to it Ehrenreich had no qualm to point out humanities flaws and even mentions that it shows humans true nature. Ehrenreich brings a good thought to the table, “Which are we: beasts because we make war, or angels because we so often seek to make it into something holy?(20)”2 These thoughts themselves arouse buried philosophical questions that humanity has been asking since the beginning of

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