Quotation by A.J. Toynbee

I regard the state of which I am a citizen as a public utility, like the organization that supplies me with water, gas, and electricity. I feel that it is my civic duty to pay my taxes as well as my other bills, and that it is my moral duty to make an honest declaration of my income to the income tax authorities. But I do not feel that I and my fellow citizens have a religious duty to sacrifice our lives in war on behalf of our own state, and, a fortiori, I do not feel that we have an obligation or a right to kill and maim citizens of other states or to devastate their land.
A.J. (Arnold Joseph) Toynbee (1889–1975), British historian. "Demise of the Local State," Choose Life: A Dialogue, Oxford University Press (1989).

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