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Me and a Gun

gunI have, of late, given thought to purchasing a gun.

There are many reasons for this.

Protection.

Food.

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.

1939

Next year is the 75th anniversary of the invasion of Poland.

75 years.

Damn.

The Fall of Berlin, 1945

The Fall of Berlin, 1945

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.

Damn.

Time passes.

 

Tom.

Of course, shortly after I shut it down, this comes up. Postwar_book_tony_judtForgive 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.

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