What is 'look down on war from above'? Captain Loft put his equipment on rapidely. "Yes, sir," he said, and went out and his footsteps clattered down the wooden stairs, and Lanser watched him go with a little amusement. He said quietly, ' There goes a born soldier.' And Hunter looked up and poised his pencil and he said, 'a born ass.' 'No,' said Lanser, 'he's being a soldier the way a lot of men would be politicians. He'll be on the General Staff before long. He'll look down on war from above and so he'll always love it.' Does it mean: 1) treat the war from the view of someone from the General Staff or 2) look down upon the war with a higher air
Aug 20, 2018 9:37 AM
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His position of power will allow him to read about and hear about the war, but he will never be a soldier on the ground experiencing the killing and horror. It is a bit like flying over a country in an aeroplane and looking out of the window. Everything looks beautiful and green, but when you are actually down there, everything looks and is very different.
August 20, 2018
It means that he will never be a “real” soldier (i.e. someone doing the actual fighting). He will instead always be in a position of authority - in command - thus never truly face the ‘horrors of war’ (hence they use the politician comparison). He is therefore always looking "down on war”, and never actually on the front lines.
August 20, 2018
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