A few weeks ago I visited my childhood home. Some time after dinner, I walked down into the basement with the desire to explore. The house is old and the basement’s walls and floor are surrounded in thick concrete and stone. I can never quite stand up straight for fear of whacking my head or […]Read more "History is an old chest of tools"
The following is an assignment for a graduate class at Carleton University. Dear Dad, It was so absurd for Paul Berlin. The death of his friend Billy was so absurd. Billy died of a heart attack because he was scared of war. For Berlin, his fear was a reality of its own. But when he […]Read more "Dear Dad"
In my study of the Vietnam War, I viewed the documentary Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam. I was also able to view the book. Of all the literature and art from the Vietnam War – all war, for that matter – I found this the most powerful documentary and book. The book is a […]Read more "Dear America: Letters Home From Vietnam"
“I guess every generation is doomed to fight its war… suffer the loss of the same old illusions, and learn the same old lessons on its own.” Retired Lieutenant, Phillip Caputo, wrote these immortal words in his account of his service in the Vietnam War, in his book A Rumor of War.Read more "Journey Beyond Ourselves"
Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. When change is absolute there remains no being to improve and no direction is set for possible improvement: and when experience is not retained, as among savages, infancy is perpetual. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. In the first stage of […]Read more "Blissful Ignorance, Truth, and Simulations"