The Wisdom of Everett Colby

If you haven’t heard of Everett Colby, you shouldn’t feel bad. He’s not important. Unless you happened to stumble across his comically brief Wikipedia entry or, as I did, a stray piece of folksy wisdom in the New York Times, there is no reason to remember the late New Jersey state senator. Nevertheless, I invite you to consider the simple profundity of the following, from 1927:

Everett Colby sums up the weary lesson the world has been studying since 1914. Says he, “No one wins wars, so why not have peace?”

That is all the article had to say about war or about Everett Colby, but in many respects that seems like all that needs to be said.

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