Category Archives: A War Journal

These are the chapters of the book itself.

A new paradigm

What are we worried about?

I mean this not in the sense of “why worry? everything’s gonna be fine.” Though, of course, everything is going to be fine, from a backed-off perspective and all that. But in the meantime, for our children and our grandchildren and those future generations to whom our concerns should be directed if we wish to consider ourselves decent human beings and legitimate passers-on of the torch of dwellers on the Earth, things are pretty much going to shit in a hurry.

And, of course, yes. I’ve been saying this for a while and I probably will keep saying it… but truly, things do seem to be accelerating that downward spiral. And not only that. Yes. Not only that. The things we really should be concerned about are changing so fast that most of us are spending a lot of time worrying about and perhaps even working on things that don’t really matter any more.

Not that I’m abandoning progressive causes, but really, much of the progressive movement, and ALL of the liberal movement, is just pretty much irrelevant to the real issues in the world today.

We are so focused on the insanity and absurdity in the White House and the whirlwind of stupidity it generates that we probably are missing what we really should be concerned about. I’m not suggesting conspiracy here, but in effect, the Trumpification of amerika is 99% distraction. For example, whether or not he collaborated with the Russians is irrelevant, really. A lot of progressives are so captivated by the media storm on this issue that they seem not to see that EVERYONE tried to manipulate that election, and sorting out who did what is probably impossible.

The real problem now is that liberals and progressive alike are being manipulated into anti-Russian stances that further destabilize the world and play into the hands of the military and intelligence people who want a good excuse to vilify the Russians. I mean, I despise Putin but he’s not so much worse than say Bill Clinton that I would start World War III over his shenanigans. They — the war-monger element, whoever they are — are trying to push U.S. public indignation over it all into the same mind-set that Bush and Company generated to justify invading Iraq and later Afghanistan and whoever else we can fuck with in the interests of the oil-igarky.

This latest article from Caitlin Johnstone, the Aussie I read on Medium, is just another example of how things are going deeply wrong and it’s pretty much gonna be totally irrelevant what party is in power or even what ideology the ruling class professes.

We are controlled worldwide by this Empire that transcends parties, states, ideologies — and becomes just pure power.

Caitlin points out some of the specifics of this, and though I think she may be a little over the top on some of it, certainly calls into question the current paradigm of progressive resistance. If we intend to preserve some space in the world for open-minded, skeptical thought and a radical approach to living on the planet, we have to stay current. That means spending a lot of time slicing up false pinĂ tas is probably a waste of energy.

The most important thing we can do right now is step back from all the old ideas of what the world is like and look really closely at everything without a preconceived notion of what and who is right or deserves attention and support.

It’s not an easy time. It may be critical. This could be our last window for making positive change.

Up & running

So I think the new site is up and running. Not gotten confirmation of that from anyone else, but it seems to work for me. I will post a note on Facebook to see if I can get folks to check it out, give me some feedback on how it’s working.

WordPress is outstanding as a platform. They’ve been prompt and to the point with help on the two problems I’ve had, which were just because I was a little dense and didn’t understand how the Customize feature works. This is my third new theme installation, and I have no complaints.

A Chorus of Stones – Susan Griffin

[I will insert this into the pieces, maybe as a preface, or otherwise as separate quotes along the way….]

Susan Griffin’s A Chorus of Stones is the most powerful book I’ve ever read. It was a major influence in my decision to write my story of this war and its impacts on a few lives. A few excerpts:

-pg. 32

There are events in our lives that we cannot understand because we keep a part of what we know away from understanding. War is one of those events.

–pg. 178

The telling and the hearing of a story is not a simple act. The one who tells must reach down into deeper layers of the self, reviving old feelings, reviewing the past. Whatever is retrieved is reworked into a new form, one that narrates events and gives the listener a path through these events that leads to some fragments of wisdom.

–pgs. 260-261

In the fifth year of writing this book I met a man who had been shell-shocked in the Vietnam War. I asked him to tell me his story, and he tried. But he had lost the capacity to make a meaning from the events of his life…. The war was not what he had imagined…. He wanted to leave the army as a conscientious objector. But he was sent to a psychiatrist and threatened with dishonorable discharge. Then he simply ceased to care…. I began to suspect his lassitude concealed a state of paralysis, not of the body, but of the soul. He was as if suspended in the past, disbelieving the old values, yet unable to act on his own beliefs.

–pg. 363

And you, though you don’t know him, though you will never even see him, will retain some sense of him as you begin, after the war, to put down on paper all this that you saw and heard.