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.