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The Art of War

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The Art of War Label me a cultural paradox. I am member to a dying breed whom weep from the death of theater. Yet, I seem to share no commonality with those who shed the same tears. True, I've never met anyone sharing my ideals; not to my knowledge, at least, but I am privy to the stereotypes. Mostly, modern media, and other varieties of fictional entertainment, portray people that ache for theater's return as social outcasts. They're fanatics who pray for the past's return and plot for the present's demise. Oddly, the other stereotype of theater fanatics are not fanatics at all. These characters are the metaphorical cr�me de society. Rich folk that sit around sipping tea while discussing the grand shows of ancient times. I fit into neither classification. Though my ideas make me a bit of a social misfit, I would not classify myself an anarchist by any rights. And though I plan on being financially well off before too long, I would love to see the majority of the top one percent have a list of their humanitarian crimes tattooed to their backs shortly before stripping them naked and casting them into a neighborhood full of the bottom one percent. ...read more.


Generally, people also like to see other people die. This has been a human trait throughout history. Watching executions used to be wholesome family fun. Civility has evolved; we haven't. The only difference between "back then" and "right now" is that casually mentioning the fact that death is a great form of entertainments while chatting with friends at the local Starbucks will mostly be looked down upon, outwardly in any case. On the inside, your friends' heads are going up and down like one of those bobble head dolls on a dirt road. I am cultured in my tastes. Common homicides and random pedestrian hit-and-runs don't interest me. I don't even slow at most car accidents like the majority of rubber-necking ass-monkeys. My needs are more refined. I like mass destruction, enormous catastrophes. Raging forest fires, towering tsunamis, head-on collisions between fifty-car trains racing at 80mph: that's good stuff. And don't give me that innocent victim crap. Anyone over the age of eleven is guilty by association. Just for the record: no, I don't want my friends or family to die. I sure in the hell don't want to die. Of course that's hypocritical, but what's your point? Clarifications made. The higher the body count, the better the show; hence, few shows are greater than war. ...read more.


Seems logical enough to me that the US turns that over-sized sandbox into a sheet of glass. That's wrong though. Attacking an entire region because of an isolated group is unethical; claiming their oil fields and breaking up the world monopoly on our favorite fuel is extremely unethical. Bring in a dozen spin doctors with six-figure salaries, presto, "The War on Terror." Has a catchy ring to it. The US isn't fighting for revenge or wealth. No! The US wants to make the world safer for us and the rest of the world, and us, and the oppressed people of the Middle East, and us, and democracy, and us, and FREEDOM, oh, and us. Where did this necessity for a goody-goody, "Superman-esk" fa�ade spawn? Technology. Clubs, swords, axes, spears, and arrows have been replaced with pistols, machine guns, high-explosives, and missiles. Warriors used to ride on horseback or thunder through the mountain side on elephant. Soldiers now lumber through the desert in tanks or fly in by jet. In major battles, armies dismembered each other hand-to-hand and could look their enemy in the eye. Major battles in modern time are Nintendo Warfare. Pilots drop bombs from miles up and ground troops shoot missiles from miles away. "Nothing personal. I'm not hurting anyone. I'm just pushing this little red button. It's their fault if they happen to be standing where this machine is shooting this rocket." That's not theater; that's a sitcom. ...read more.

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