Sometimes in the name of country, flag, pride, nationalism, duty, we don’t think through our values. Often we find ourselves filled with contradictions, because our convictions come from other men/women and their institutions, not from our inner convictions or from God. We can actually become or produce blind killers never realizing in our conscience what we have become. But our subconscience knows. America’s drug and alcohol addictions are a sympton of what we dare not look at — that our "ethics" are that of cavemen and what we call "civilized" is nothing more than barbarism.
"The lowest standards of ethics of which a right-thinking man can possibly conceive is taught to the common soldier whose trade is to shoot his fellow men. In youth he may have learned the command, ‘Thou shalt not kill,’ but the ruler takes the boy just as he enters manhood and teaches him that his highest duty is to shoot a bullet through his neighbor’s heart – and this, unmoved by passion or feeling or hatred, and without the least regard to right or wrong, but simply because his ruler gives the word." Clarence Darrow, Resist Not Evil