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  •  "War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning" (none)
    For those who haven't read it, I strongly recommend Michael Hedges' book, "War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning."  Here's my review.  So true. And so scary.

    "Despite all your rage, you're still just a rat in a cage."

    by lowkell on Mon May 10, 2004 at 02:56:59 PM PDT

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    •  A pleasure to meet you :). (none)
      That was an excellent review. I will consider buying the book. Just from the review I gathered the sexual and addictive aspects Hedge's book relates to war are much aligned with America's constant quest for heroes. It seems universal in the American psyche and crosses all spectrums of society - politics, sports, entertainment, etc.  Am I wrong about this?

      Learning is not compulsory ... neither is survival. (W. Edwards Deming)

      by banjon on Mon May 10, 2004 at 05:35:42 PM PDT

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      •  Sports/war analogy (none)
        No, I don't think you're wrong at all about the American psyche.  Hedges didn't say that war is the ONLY force that can give us meaning, just one of the most seductive, alluring, powerful, and all-encompassing.  

        Sports certainly qualifies as a "force that gives meaning" for many people, often to an absurd degree.  The home team is "we," and can do no wrong.  The opposing team is "them," and is bad or even Evil (in the case of the Yankees or Cowboys or Lakers or whoever).  In football, you've got people in helmets (like soldiers wear), you've got physical violence (and people carrried wounded from the field of battle), you've got a "ground game" and an "air war," you've got a sexual component (scantily clad cheerleaders to fight for/over), you've got the intel branch (the coaches with their headsets), and you've got strict rules of war (yes, you can knock someone's head off, but only in certain ways, and you can't gouge their eyes out!).  In fact, I'd almost say that sports -- particularly football -- for many Americans is a handy substitute (or is it practice?) for war.  Unfortunately, sometimes Americans seem to crave more than substitutes; they want the real thing.

        "Despite all your rage, you're still just a rat in a cage."

        by lowkell on Tue May 11, 2004 at 02:16:31 AM PDT

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