I’m tired. Pretty damn tired. It’s been a long year. Some days I’m not sure why I keep this blog. Every day brings with it a new “controversy” of one type or another, the same ongoing culture “war” between the polytheists and pagans, right and left, grouchy old guard and dirty hippies–really, its the same ol’ same ol’.
There were days on the ops floor, watching our aircraft float above Afghanistan, that I couldn’t help but think the whole thing was pretty pointless. Some days I thought it was because we weren’t being as aggressive and destructive as we need to be (still pretty much true, damn NATO ROE). Other days I felt it was because the public had abandoned the war because they were too small to see the larger geopolitical ramifications of withdrawal (also a big part of the ongoing issue).
Anyway, I’ve begun to feel this way with the current round of bickering. It’s like the gods-damned Arian controversy. Unfortunately though, this modern world won’t go for us actually starting a war, so we would probably be best off ignoring these things. Instead of being indignant or offended, we should let the gods do that. They’re the ones supposed to be offended, right? And I get that poking sleeping bears can be fun, especially if said bears are in cyber space and have no physical teeth. Seriously though, every time? Doesn’t anyone else get bored? This coming from the f**king FIFA World Cup champion of kicking hornets nests.
Maybe I’m just being bitchy. The holiday season always makes me want to burn the whole f**king world down. I just thought we could get beyond this stuff. Wasn’t that the point of the month of silence? I am reminded of my favorite Greek hero, the Spartan lawgiver Lycourgos:
11 Being asked why he had prohibited frequent campaigns against the same foes, he said, “So that they may not, by becoming accustomed to defending themselves frequently, become skilled in war.” It was for this reason also that there appeared to be no slight ground for complaint against Agesilaus, who by his almost continual inroads and campaigns into Boeotia Dhad rendered the Thebans a match for the Spartans. At any rate Antalcidas, when he saw him wounded, exclaimed, “You have got a handsome reward as you deserve for your fostering care in teaching them to give when they did not wish to fight and did not even know how.” (Plutarch)
That’s all that’s happening here. By feeding the “enemy” and acknowledging their ideas, we are legitimizing them. In the end, we all become the Athenians, endlessly talking nonsense for the sake of hearing our own voices. Never in my life would I want to inherit that legacy.