It was not the soldiers returning from war in the Near, Middle, and Far East who brought about this awakening to Oriental religion and philosophy. Rather, it was the war itself, and the great upheaval which it caused in people's thoughts about life. This was true especially in the young because it was they who had to witness the results of the war, and because it was they who had the freedom and courage to generate new ideas about the human situation. They protested, they revolted, they made fresh demands for great changes--and if the means they used with the accompanying violence were not orderly or desirable, the need for change was desirable.
-- Notebooks Category 15: The Orient > Chapter 1: Meetings of East and West > # 6