Dead People.

March 25, 2008 at 7:52 pm | Posted in writing | 12 Comments
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Lot of dead people about at the moment, being remembered, which is an honourable thing to do especially if doing so reduces the amount of newly dead people around tomorrow. 4,000 U.S. soldiers and hundreds of thousands of others who also have families. I thought that remembering the others in the comment box of someone who was remembering the 4,000 was just a small note not to forget but when I went back I found it had been taken as a kind of threat, who also have families who have long memories. That was not my intention even though it’s true. The sad fact is that declaring a war on terror was kinda silly. War is terror. Terror is felt by everyone, especially the innocent when rendered in the dead of night to some place beyond law, rendered helpless as a burning monk or a starving mother.

Everything that can be owned is owned already. There is only one war, between those who wish to own it when the last little bit runs out and the rest of us who are happy just to feed our families. I really wanted to find some long term hope in this post and I apologise. Those who escape all idea of ownership will inevitably be victorious but in the meantime, I can only say that there is no honour in victory only in struggle and we are only human, breathing, not dead.


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  1. Every word true and right. Every word. It is wrong to mention the 4,000 without mentioning the many, many more terrorised there.

    And beyond law is the point — there is no law because it is always subverted by the powers that be who long only for honour in victory you talk of here.

    Very well said, Paul.

  2. Except Peace

    that can be
    owned is

  3. we will ALL be victorious
    we shall all perish

  4. Paul, when you’re right, you’re right. Fighting for peace is like screwing for chastity. I know because I was a pawn in just such a fight. Please just keep telling anyone who’ll listen…

  5. War earns mega bucks. No wonder the power that are, want it.

    Hope? Whats that?

  6. Going out of context, I like this template.

  7. I wrote a poem about the 4,000…knowing it is but a small ripple in a big pond. I think of them all. It’s all a travesty.

  8. In context, I liked this post. I so concur. Declaring a war on terror is tragically silly.

  9. I love this kind of writing of yours paul, and it is so true, war is terror, and i know this sounds cliched, but war will not end until we end the internal wars, the external ones are just a manifestation of this.And that can only come from a change in concoiusness, which i am hopeful IS happening in the world at the moment.

  10. I like to think of war as the failure of the human spirit.

    Nice to hear you assert these words which are often kept so silent.

  11. brilliant and lovely writing. so true. wars, as you said, are power struggles and a chance to rape the land and make a profit. It’s senseless madness. and what for.

    I really also like what randall said, war being “the failure of he human spirit.” well said.

  12. What is possession? Everybody must possess something in order to live and express themselves. And yet, you cannot really possess that which can be taken from you, including your life. I don’t even own my own life. That thought keeps me awake at night.

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