virus: High Art and low life

Reed Konsler (
Wed, 17 Mar 1999 13:12:03 -0500

>Date: Tue, 16 Mar 1999 21:42:51 -0800 (PST)
>From: Tim Rhodes <>
>Subject: Re: virus: "Freedom, give it to me."
>On Tue, 16 Mar 1999, Bill Roh wrote:
>> [...] there are plenty of things each of us would kill for. I have yet to
>> hear anyone here call themselves a pacifist. I dont hink any of us can say,
>> "there is no reason for which I would kill another human".
>"I'm a pacifist." And although I there are many things I would die for, I have
>yet to find any worth killing for. Especially love.

I thought so, too. Then I saw "Saving Private Ryan". It really shocked me, especially that silly corporal talking about high art while his buddies died around him. That was me, the intellectual...afraid to die, afraid to kill. Afraid to live. I cried and cried. But what I learned was that there may be some day when all this must be put aside and no matter how FUBAR the world is, sometimes you just have to pick up the gun and shoot. Not becuase it's good, but becuase that's what life is, sometimes.


  Reed Konsler