It is a time of freedom and fear, of Gaia and of borders, of many paths and the widening of a universal toll road, emptying country and swelling cities, of the public bought into privacy and the privacy of the public sold into invisible data banks and knowing algorithms. It is the time of the warrior's peace and the miser's charity, when the planting of a seed is an act of conscientious objection.
These are the times when maps fade and direction is lost. Forwards is backwards now, so we glance sideways at the strange lands through which we are all passing, knowing for certain only that our destination has disappeared. We are unready to meet these times, but we proceed nonetheless, adapting as we wander, reshaping the Earth with every tread.
Behind us we have left the old times, the standard times, the high times. Welcome to the irregular times.
Monday, October 21, 2002
A simple question:
George W.'s war against evildoers was supposed to keep the world safe from the attacks of rogue groups intent upon disrupting civil society, right?
In the last week:
- a bombing in Bali
- several bombings in The Philippines
- attacks on U.S. troops in Afghanistan
- U.S. marines fired upon in Kuwait
- continuing violence from both Israelis and Palestinians
- a sniper in D.C. thumbing his nose at the capital's police
If this is the kind of safety Bush's Crusade is supposed to bring us, perhaps we ought to say, "No, thanks. Let's try another path."
Oh, damn. I forgot. War is the only answer.
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