Kurt Vonnegut on Addiction

If Western Civilization were a person, we would be directing it to the
nearest meeting of War-Preparers Anonymous. We would be telling it to
stand up before the meeting and say, “My name is Western Civilization. I
am a compulsive war- preparer. I have lost everything I ever cared
about. I should have come here long ago. I first hit bottom in World War
I.” Western Civilization cannot be represented by a single person, of
course, but a single explanation for the catastrophic course it has
followed during this bloody century is possible. We the people, because
of our ignorance of the disease, have again and again entrusted power to
people we did not know were sickies.