Times of Resolution & Defiance

Churchill proposed a ‘moral of the work’ for his series The Second World War:

In War: Resolution, In Defeat: Defiance, In Victory: Magnanimity, In Peace: Goodwill.

Our times are not Churchill’s times, yet the moral of his work is suitable for us.

It’s suitable for us, however, in a partial and unfinished way – we may say of our present political conflict that we have yet required of ourselves only resolution and defiance.

The virtues of magnanimity and goodwill await more favorable conditions.

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