by Georg Metzler
We were told moving stories of the purifying effects of war, particularly in its early days. It was claimed that it stimulates everything noble and extinguishes everything base in the human spirit. Now, after more than four years of blows, thrusts and shots, we can begin to draw a fairly accurate moral balance of the war. It is a terrible deficit. It turns out that war punishes virtue and rewards vice, that it blesses the bad and curses the good, that under its auspices the good do badly and the bad do well, that it reduces the finest instincts of the human heart to absurdity, and leads its basest to success. It turns out that war is God’s enemy. For example:
Bétove is not a misprint, he is a pianist/comedian. He wears glasses, has a club foot and long hair. He presents a complete opera, with choir, lovers‘ duet and story of revenge, with the same exquisite feelingof the day before yesterday as most performances in the Opéra Comique.