Marlantes: Lying to Fill the Gap

“The Vietnam War will be infamous for the way those who perpetrated it lied to those who fought and paid for it. Lies in the Vietnam War were more prevalent because that war was fought without meaning. Death, destruction, and sorrow need to be constantly justified in the absence of some overarching meaning for the suffering. Lack of this overarching meaning encourages making things up, lying to fill the gap in meaning.”

– Karl Marlantes, What It Is Like to Go to War

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