Primitive Christianity Revived, Again
Quakers need to work on their own narrative and not leave it to others to paint them into the picture. That's partly why we have the AFSC and its many instantiations of NARMIC.
The "standard history" of how America got to be a "superpower" (guffaw) is one I reject out of hand as a lot of made-up nonsense. Quakers came to the New World to pioneer their peaceful lifestyles, not to get caught up in stupid Indian Wars. But hey, when you're surrounded by "fellow citizens" with no recognizable ethics, other than to be warlike, it's truly an uphill battle to stay out of horrible "plays" (scenarios). Wars are just theater. Wars pander to what's base and ugly in humans -- and that's a huge market.
I'm very sympathetics to Angels who tell God that Man was a gruesome mistake. That's what Satan (a chief angle, no friend of humans) thinks. He's more articulate, in my mind, than any of these "presidential" candidates (referring ahead to a Satan thread). Gnostics hold similar beliefs: a lesser deity, trying to prove something, created Earth, a miscarriage of sorts, a monster. This myths all inter-twine. Subgenius, a modern gnosticism, spiels a similar mythos.
You wrote, "when you're surrounded by "fellow citizens" with no recognizable ethics, other than to be warlike..."
Yes. For a powerful analysis of this read the scholarly Quaker history, Peaceable Kingdom Lost: The Paxton Boys and the Destruction of William Penn's Holy Experiment.
The Paxton Boys were a theologically Reformed militia which murdered Indians, and stole land from Indians. They are most infamously know for murdering 21 Susquehannock Indians in the Conestoga Massacre.