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SOCIAL    COHESION    AND    GOVERNMENT
frustration. Sweden has never been at war since 1814,
that is to say, for a period of four generations, but I
do not think anybody could maintain that the Swedes
have suffered in their instinctive life as a result of
this immunity. If mankind succeeds in abolishing war,
it should not be difficult to find other outlets for the
love of adventure and risk. The old outlets, which
at one time served a biological purpose, do so no
longer, and therefore new outlets are necessary. But
there is nothing in human nature that compels us to
acquiesce in continued savagery. Our less orderly
impulses are dangerous only when they are denied
or misunderstood. When this mistake is avoided, the
problem of fitting them into a good social system can
be solved by the help of intelligence and goodwill.