Esprit de corps Vs individual morality

In this centenary year of the First World War, English war poets Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen find a kindred spirit in Michael Winter. The threads of Owens great poem on the pity of war, Dulce et Decorum Est, weave their way through Winters book. Owen wrote that teaching a young man that “it is sweet and right to die for your country” is an “old lie.” This lie is sustained, according to Winter, by the military ideals of discipline, esprit de corps and morale, which foster the “machinery of the group,” precluding individual morality and courage.

via Author traces Newfoundland regiments path 100 years later – Winnipeg Free Press.

 

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