War disrupts customs, dissolves morality, and destroys art. It alters fate and reveals the good and the bad in human character. It is the severest test both of a man and a nation. It shocks religion, blacks out mysticism, but confirms philosophy.
When the usefulness of a tradition is at an end both men and events attack and disintegrate it. The longer the war went on, the less did it become probable that the old order of thought could be restored after it.
-- Notebooks Category 11: The Negatives > Chapter 3: Their Presence in The World > # 156