"As it concerns the thrust toward
war this indifference is best seen as moral insensibility: the mute acceptance--or
even unawareness--of moral atrocity; the lack of indignation when confronted
with moral horror; the turning of this atrocity and this horror into morally
approved conventions of feeling. By moral insensibility, in short, I mean
the incapacity for moral reaction to event and to character, to high decision
and to the drift of human circumstance" (The Causes of World
War III, 1958, p. 82).