As I was taking a bit of a tongue lashing from a concerned friend for taxing my strength by even being at the show, I was leafing through the aforementioned copy of Fehrenbach's This Kind of War. While I was trying to explain the necessity of being there and trying (albeit failing) to raise said funds for the Washington state fight, this Churchill quote from a speech he gave at Rochester NY in 1941 that Fehrenbach uses as a chapter header leapt out at me.
The destiny of mankind is not decided by material computation. When great causes are on the move in the world . . . we learn that we are spirits, not animals, and that something is going on in space and time, and beyond space and time, which, whether we like it or not, spells duty.
Churchill, for all his faults, certainly understood the essential things.
Of course, I didn't mention Churchill to my concerned friend. I just smiled and took the tongue lashing like a man. It is the stubborn Dutchman in me, I suppose.