“Art shall fall and Learning die,
Truth shall fade and Freedom fly,
Hate shall rise, Wrong and Lies,
Love shall leave him, so shall I.”
This is from a poem by G.K. Chesterton entitled, “Fire, Famine and Slaughter.”
I’m not sure about the original interpretation of it and what G.K. Chesterton meant by the poem, I wasn’t able to find anything conclusive.
It reminds me, however, what happens to humanity when we are so overcome with the feeling of “winning the war” and conquering our enemy. This is what war does to us, sadly. War appeals to our base instinct, our human nature, to control and dominate others. We want to hate, we want to kill. Only through experiencing the liberty God gives us can we escape from such a fate.