There are many reasons for this.
Drawing lines in the sand.
Preparing for the inevitable apocalypse.
A quick exit.
In the end, the reason I don’t remains the most important: I have never owned a gun because, in a society such as ours, if we are as enlightened and exceptional as we believe ourselves to be, we should never need to.
Next year is the 75th anniversary of the invasion of Poland.
It seems we were just talking about the 50th Anniversary.
And then the thought comes that the guns of August echoed across the European Continent 25 years prior to Poland.
Of course, shortly after I shut it down, this comes up. Forgive me for sharing, but this commentary from Coates is so beautiful. This guy is really rasslin’ with the whole concept of evil, singularly and communally.
Years ago, I read Clavell’s Shogun … twice … each time over a two week period. At the end of each read, I sincerely understood I seemed to be looking at the world through different eyes, comprehending things with altered perspectives and logic.
I was thinking ‘different’.
It was wonderful.
By the end of the second week, it was all gone, the new, (perhaps) fanciful enlightened point-of-view lost, the artifice the author created deserting me.
That’s what I think I get with Coates, the writer, sometimes. The artifice, the verisimilitude: the looking at the world with someone else’s eyes, someone’s perspective that is so powerful, it subsumes my own.
Different things hit us different ways. Today has been a biggie. I’ve been reading sci-fi for … well … probably longer than most of you have been alive. I watched the space race from its inception, watched primitive probes live on TV as they were intentionally crashed into the moon, paid attention as we flew by the inner planets and out to Mars, was listening and watching as we first orbited the earth, performed the space walks, and then orbited the moon. And then we landed people on the moon – and brought them back! I gathered with friends to watch the Jupiter flybys in color, and then the swings past Saturn, Uranus and Neptune, followed the Viking landing on Mars … all the while reading sci-fi and dreaming galactic empires and interstellar adventures.
We’re so jaded, I think, spoiled by technologies that are universally beholden to the science that made the moon landings and robot explorers possible. It seems quaint, old school … a by-our-standards hopelessly obsolete spacecraft that is doing things no one dreamed.
I dunno if we’ll ever get a second act, given the way we are treating our planet and environment, but it remains amazing that we went from a time when chiseling an axe-head with stone was considered high-tech, to reaching the realm of deep space, leaving there an artifact that will wander the ink black night between stars far past even the memory of our species.
As long as Voyager survives, something of us will, too.