November 11, 2014 § Leave a comment
Kurt Vonnegut on “Veteran’s Day”:
I will come to a time in my backwards trip when November eleventh, accidentally my birthday, was a sacred day called Armistice Day. When I was a boy, and when Dwayne Hoover was a boy, all the people of all the nations which had fought in the First World War were silent during the eleventh minute of the eleventh hour of Armistice Day, which was the eleventh day of the eleventh month.
It was during that minute in nineteen hundred and eighteen, that millions upon millions of human beings stopped butchering one another. I have talked to old men who were on battlefields during that minute. They have told me in one way or another that the sudden silence was the Voice of God. So we still have among us some men who can remember when God spoke clearly to mankind.
Armistice Day has become Veterans’ Day. Armistice Day was sacred. Veterans’ Day is not.
So I will throw Veterans’ Day over my shoulder. Armistice Day I will keep. I don’t want to throw away any sacred things.
I understand the attraction for many to military worship. It appeals to the same of sense of “us vs them” that fuels professional sports fandom. It’s tasteless and senseless and there’s reason it permeates only the most uneducated and base corners of human civilization.
It’s just not my cup of tea.
Happy Armistice day.
November 10, 2014 § Leave a comment
Up until very recently, my personal life was consumed with three things: theory, travel, and sex.
That’s basically all that I thought about. And I was content with that. I wanted to read a lot of books, see the world, and have sex about as often as humanly possible.
And that’s more or less what I did throughout most of college and once I graduated. Then I made some major changes and sort of transitioned away from all of the reading and certain career changes have decreased my ability to travel.
So recently I’ve been focused more on the “here and now” and less so on political theories and my dreams of seeing the world. This has forced me to start considering a more permanent career scenario as well as a focusing on aspects of my personal life that I’d previously neglected (as I’ve detailed in previous posts).
To a certain extent this is healthy. I mean, you can’t spend all of your days dreaming about tomorrow. You have to live in the moment to a certain extent. If you’re too busy thinking about tomorrow then you will inevitably miss what was right in front of your face. At the same time it’s important to have dreams and plans for the future.
So I guess I’m trying to figure out a happy medium. I need to find a way to enjoy the moment but hang on to my dreams of seeing the world and staying involved (to a lesser extent) in political theory. There is one small problem. For some reason, recently it sort of makes me sick to pick up a book or think about my once extravagant plans to travel the country and the world. That was my life and now I’m trying to find ways to compromise those goals. It’s a different feeling. I can’t tell if I’m just maturing if I’m letting life force me to compromise.