Tolstoy has a story of a little boy who, on being taken for the first time in his life to see a military review, was drawn by curiosity to venture close up to the troops and then came running back to his mother crying, “Mummy! Mummy! What do you think I have found out? These soldiers were once men.” Such robots wear the same appearance in Hindu as in Russian eyes. “In the West the national machinery of commerce and politics turns out neatly compressed bales of humanity which have their use and high market value; but they are bound in iron hoops, labelled and separated off with scientific care and precision. Obviously God made Men to be human, but this modern product has such marvellous square-cut finish, savouring of gigantic manufacture, that the Creator will find it difficult to recognise it as a thing of spirit and a creature made in His own divine image.” – Tagore, Sir R.: Nationalism (London 1917, Macmillan), p. 6.
Can anyone identify the Tolstoy quotation?
A Study of History, Vol IV, OUP, 1939 (footnote)