Thursday, December 07, 2006

In Death There Is No Victory

Today is Thursday, 7 December 2006.

As readers of this column may have noticed, HH has a healthy hatred of war and violence.

Which is why, once upon a dime, when HH was archivist at the library of a university in the lower Great Plains, he always attended a particular ceremony.

When, on the anniversary of Pearl Harbor, the troops of ROTC had a memorial flag raising at dawn, at the flagpole in front of the Administration Building.

HH did not attend to celebrate the “warriors”.

HH went to mourn the dead.

Contrary to public opinion, there are no “good” deaths.

There is only Death, extinction, suffering, in which there is no upside.

In Death there is no victory, only sorrow.


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