"we do have an idea of what being at war is like, yet we still have the deepest contempt for peace." being at war is not an "idea," it's a chronic, lived experienced-- multi-generational, part of the nervous system of each individual, and to some degree has had beneficial roles forming identities of people and the country. therefore it is extremely difficult to part with, no matter if there are aspects to it that are obviously unpleasant. when we hold onto to pain, allowing the experience of peace in is very very difficult. so, yes, of course contempt. and there are many tight, unkind, contemptuous men and women who have never let peace in, and grip onto life and claim their trials are the thing that made them strong and survive into old age and in israel surviving is what counts.
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from the article: Contempt for peace