|"But does not
purpose reflect on self-respect? Does not the absence of good purpose jeopardize the
soldier's own ego, thus making him less likely to fight well and bravely? If a war is
without justice, the soldier knows that the sacrifice of life, his own valued life, is
demeaned, and therefor his self-respect must likewise be demeaned. Is that not so?" (Going
After Cacciato, p. 179).
||Purpose is directly related with a soldier's
self-respect. Without a cause, the soldier no longer fights for the abstract notions of
patriotism or justice. As a result, the soldier feels degraded, as if acting as a mere
pawn on a gameboard that contributes and fights for nothing.