There have certainly been many great battles. However, there have been many thousands of times more battles and wars that have faded into insignificance in our public memories. The greatness that persists is mostly a function of what comes after the battle, not the battle itself. Most great human achievements can only emerge when life is no longer defined by which side you are on. And among those achievements is the beginning of an understanding of how peace can be encouraged. World Wars 1 and 2 offer almost trivial examples. Punishment of the losers after WW1 led quickly to another war. Though often clumsy, efforts at mutual understanding after WW2 have so far kept the major players out of direct conflict. As the Buddha said: "Hatred has never been ended by hatred, hatred can only be ended by love".
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