ABSTRACT

The power of Wilson’s desire to lead a crusade which would end in the establishment of himself as judge of the world was shown by his volunteering to play that role in October 1915 and by his un-happiness in the months following May 1916, when he had become convinced that England would not allow him to do so. As soon as he had made himself believe that he might make the war a crusade by saying that it was a crusade, he became calm, relatively happy and strong. He carried great burdens during the war for a man whose arteries were in precarious condition; and, although he continued to be troubled as usual by nervous indigestion and sick headaches, he suffered no “breakdown.” His Super-Ego, his Narcissism, his activity toward his father, his passivity to his father and his reaction-formation against his passivity to his father were all provided with supremely satisfactory outlets by the war. He was in the act of accomplishing the impossible, he was the greatest man in the world, he was killing men, he was the Saviour of the World and he still had his wife and House to love.