Psychologists intimate that action is determined by the selection
of the subject upon which the attention is habitually fixed. The
newspapers, the theatrical posters, the street conversations
for weeks had to do with war and bloodshed. The little children
on the street played at war, day after day, killing Spaniards.
The humane instinct, which keeps in abeyance the tendency to
cruelty, the growing belief that the life of each human being --
however hopeless or degraded, is still sacred -- gives way,
and the barbaric instinct asserts itself.
(Founder of Hull House, which provided aid to poor working-class
families in Chicago. First woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize- 1931)