It was the worst of times: Life’s Slices

Life Slices explores living moments.

Exposing the best and the worst in
everyday experiences,
Life Slices shows how life
affects each of us in significant ways.

Inspired by Boy With a Hat’s “50 Word Story a Day Keeps the Boredom Away”
And the contradictoryoptimist’s “100words-100stories-100days”,
“Life Slices” portrays slices of life in 50 words or less.

Although today’s entry reflects a life and an issue that is not a commonplace one,
each of us deal with our own daily and highly worrisome conflicts…

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It was the worst of times

Kendrick, the new president, was tormented over suppressing free speech and habeas corpus.

Other presidents had done so.

He laughed thinking the ACLU would have sued Lincoln even back then.

Biting his lip, he agonized over what greater good would ever warrant suspending the Constitution and the Bill of Rights?

Randy Mazie


16 thoughts on “It was the worst of times: Life’s Slices

  1. When I moved to Chicago I used to meet once a month with a little old Japanese lady at her house for lunch. She was a great cook and a delight to talk to chat with. She spent years of her youth in an internment camp because she was Japanese.

          • the downside of human nature. I think Asimov said it in the Foundation Trilogy, something like the technically advanced society either always assimilating or enslaving the less advanced ones.

            I’m all for R&D.

            • Technically advanced? Assimilating or enslaving less advanced ones?

              I truly hope you’re not making the analogy that the Japanese were a less advanced society, because, first of all, I think they beat the pants off of us technically, hands down, as time has gone by, and secondly, enslaving or assimilating any group, in my humble opinion, is wrong, and has very little to do with technical advancement, and mostly to do with the downside (or arrogance) of human nature.

              • For the Foundation Trilogy, it was technology, but it really means power.

                At that time ( WWII) Japan had a well developed culture, but many of its technologies were licensed from Germany in their alliance.

                The immigrants here were not in positions of power.
                Thus, not in a position to resist the power that enslaved them. Which is what internment camps come down to.

                I agree on the idea that slavery is not acceptable in any form now, but it plays quite regularly in Africa, and if I read correctly there is a sort of indentured servant mentality in many countries in Asia. And of course there is the sex trade which occurs across the world ( even in the US ).

                I guess the question always comes down to what are we doing against it?

                As far as assimilation, the example that came across to me was when I read “Laurens Van der Post” ( an African explorer ) who described how the bushmen, pushed into the Kalahari dessert by neighboring tribes over time – quickly lost their culture when touched by “civilization”.

                and yep, humans seem to be able to shed humility quite easily.

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