Essay on what does this quote mean “What have I done? If this is a victory, what’s a defeat then?


Essay on what does this quote mean “What have I done? If this is a victory, what’s a defeat then? Is this a victory or a defeat? Is this justice or injustice? Is it gallantry or a rout? Is it valor to kill innocent children and women? Did I do it to widen the empire and for prosperity or to destroy the other’s kingdom and splendor? One has lost her husband, someone else a father, someone a child, someone an unborn infant. What’s this debris of the corpses? Are these marks of victory or defeat? Are these vultures, crows, eagles the messengers of death or evil?” The above quote is from Emperor Ashoka after he walked the blood stained war fields of the Kalinga war. In your own words describe what Ashoka is saying and why his conversion to Buddhism makes sense.


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