Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Introducing the End

This is a rambling rant on the end of our world. Global warming, ice caps melting, species disappearing. Bush's Crusade. Braindead politicians fiddle. Pick your favorite. Enjoy it. Mull it over. Savor the taste.

My thesis? Humans are an evolutionary failure, like sabre tooth tigers. Evidently, our brains are very good at concocting ways to destroy one another. As many have suggested before, we have failed utterly to develop adequate means to solve the problems we create. Judge Holden in Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian is right. War is the human metier.

Case in point: Dresden, 1945. A refugee city, a city of art, firebombed into oblivion by the British and the Americans. If we are unable to admit that such a bombing, killing tens of thousands of civilians, was outrage (even though visited upon Nazi Germany), then what can we say of ourselves?

Hiroshima, Kosovo, the Nazi death camps, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos. How often do we need to be reminded?

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