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Just... God. Love and hate and saintly motorcyclists, the sound of rain on the windows, "Howl" echoing in my ears and 70,000 deaths on the page. See, it's right there, such a clear and precise and fucking sterile representation of

1 person + 1 person + 1 person + 1 person + 1 person + 1 person + 1 person + 1 person + 1 person + 1 person + 1 person + 1 person + 1 person + 1 person + 1 person + 1 person + 1 person + 1 person + 1 person + 1 person + 1 person + 1 person + 1 person + 1 person + 1 person + 1 person + 1 person + 1 person + 1 person + 1 person + 1 person + 1 person + 1 person + 1 person + 1 person + 1 person + 1 person + 1 person + 1 person + 1 person + 1 person + 1 person + 1 person + 1 person + 1 person + 1 person + 1 person + 1 person + 1 person + 1 person + 1 person + 1 person + 1 person + 1 person + 1 person + 1 person + 1 person + 1 person + 1 person + 1 person + 1 person + 1 person + 1 person + 1 person + 1 person + 1 person + 1 person + 1 person + 1 person + 1 person, times ten, times a hundred, SEVENTY THOUSAND, and even that cannot sum up the sheer amount that's fucking LOST with every death, their own small epics of love and irrelevancies and careless cruelties, all that makes you you, and so, perhaps this is the only way, imagine yourself times seventy thousand, and imagine yourself dead, and imagine them together.

All of this and thousands more: Nanjing, Dresden, Darfur, Haiti, blood-rust and sweet decay and fuck you, Kerouac, fuck you, Peter Martin - fuck you and the Old Testament you rode in on - don't you DARE shy away from Alexander's hand, shy away from Sammy's, because after all this, you're so fucking trivial, you're such a grain of sand on the beach, and

Jesus Christ, humanity, when are we going to get our shit together?

Date: 2008-12-17 07:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nekosensei.livejournal.com
My husband and I visited the peace museum in Hiroshima when we went to Japan. It was a very sobering experience.

Date: 2008-12-17 08:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vanitashaze.livejournal.com
I would imagine so. Going to Holocaust Museum in Wash D.C. - even as part of a school trip with about 10,000 moronic middle schoolers - was incredibly shocking, and it's not even as brutal an experience as it could be - for the most part the carnage is dumbed down, friendlied up. (And, of course, being a school trip they rushed us through in about five minutes.) But even with all that... it just makes you despair for humanity, and want to disown all military relatives.

Date: 2008-12-17 09:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nekosensei.livejournal.com
As much as I don't like war, I don't fault people in the military. Many of them sign up in order to pay for college later. They can't control whether or not we go to war. Our leaders do that so I hold them responsible.

I have to guilty admit that I was amused to see that a guy tossed his shoes at the president. I'm pretty sure a lot of people would have loved to have done that, but didn't have the balls to do it. :)

Date: 2008-12-17 10:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vanitashaze.livejournal.com
It's not that I don't like military people, it's that I don't like the military. It's like Jon Stewart says - these people are some of the best and brightest, our national resources, and they're just wasted for crap reasons. It's like taking your mother's most beautiful necklace and pulling off the diamonds just so you can throw them in the neighbor's sandbox.

I do think, however, that while the military - like every other high-impact enviroment - has the opportunity to bring out the best in people, it has a very real opportunity to bring out the worst. And keeping in mind, this is me and my youthful optimism and complete fucking terror of authority (I have nightmares about secret military bases), I who would be an anarchist if it wasn't so impractical and is still a libertarian even though that's almost just as bad. I give the biased account.

YES, SHOE-THROWER. Bush's kindergarden reflexes become useful at last! Though I'm kind of disappointed he didn't whip out something witty a la Taft.

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