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Lest #19

The families of the missing are doubly burdened: first, by the pain of their ordeal, and then by our expectations of them, expectations of a standard of behaviour higher than we require of ourselves.

Fra People who eat darkness, av Richard Lloyd Parry.

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Lest #18

(..) the American faith in equality changed cultural and intellectual life in a basic way: it did away with authority. Any American’s opinion was as good as any other’s. Like the belief in boundless possibility, the conviction of equal authority had a paradoxical result. Instead of liberating debate about ideas, politics, and the arts, it flattened them and drained them of interest. That everyone’s opinion be equally worthwhile might seem from a distance to open up a free-for-all of argument and exploration. Up close, though, it meant that the American was disinclined to take anyone’s opinion seriously: Why listen to him, talking as though he knew better than anyone else?

For Common Things: Irony, Trust, and Commitment in America Today (Vintage) by Jedediah Purdy

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Lest #17

A true war story is never moral. It does not instruct, nor encourage virtue, nor suggest models of proper human behavior, nor restrain men from doing the things men have always done. If a story seems moral, do not believe it. If at the end of a war story you feel uplifted, or if you feel that some small bit of rectitude has been salvaged from the larger waste, then you have been made the victim of a very old and terrible lie. There is no rectitude whatsoever. There is no virtue. As a first rule of thumb, therefore, you can tell a true war story by its absolute and uncompromising allegiance to obscenity and evil.

O’Brien, Tim (2009-10-13). The Things They Carried (pp. 65-66). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Kindle Edition.

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Lest #16

Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats.

Friday Night Lights, H.G.Bissinger

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Lest #15

There should be a law, I thought. If you support a war, if you think it’s worth the price, that’s fine, but you have to put your own precious fluids on the line. You have to head for the front and hook up with an infantry unit and help spill the blood. And you have to bring along your wife, or your kids, or your lover. A law, I thought.

The Things They Carried, Tim O’Brien

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