The 20th Century Conflict and Learning

nbsp.Many writers, philosophers, and thinkers, in general, were disillusioned and this was reflected in their art and writings. In this paper, I would be discussing how conflicts in the 20th century affected Western introspection with the main idea being conflicts made people focused more on the darker side of the human soul particularly in the inherent desire for violence. As a result of this investigation, there was a profound desire to expose it and make people realize that these events occurred but should never be repeated.
An increasing sense of national awareness and nationalism led to many events that eventually culminated into two world wars having the intensity and scale never seen before and claimed millions of lives. The Germans, proud of their race and superior technology and eager to replace the United Kingdom as the dominant global power, precipitated the two world wars. France, Britain, the United States, Italy, Russia, and other nations were to become involved in the wars that would eventually change the notion of violence and inhumanity. (p. 61)
The intensity of the fighting and the efficiency of armaments exposed many people to scenarios replete with violence and inhuman tendencies. Auschwitz and many other concentration camps provided many macabre scenes of death. Jews and other non-Aryan races were made to undergo experiments, forced to do labor and eventually exterminated by different methods in the hope of determining which is the most efficient (p. 63). The darker side of humanity made its presence fully known. Nevertheless, the prisoners of concentrations were not the only ones severely traumatized. Soldiers and civilians alike saw their comrades and loved ones lose their lives and limbs by efficient bombs, bullets, and knives.