Life Slices explores living moments.
Exposing the best and the worst in
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…
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?
Politics is a great setting for this, Randy. And how timely, too, to consider what men striving to do right will crush in their pursuit. Well done!
Hmmm quite the conundrum.
I didn’t mention anything about prophylactics in the story.
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.
Yes, very sad what we did to the Japanese.
I recently read The Underside of Joy by Seré Prince Halverson which had the Japanese internemnt as an undercurrent in the story. I recommend reading.
interesting she, was young and her sisters protected her during the time. They were very bitter, but she, protected, not so much.
I will check it out.
I would be – bitter. Being an American and suffering like that. But, unfortunately, we did that to many people in history.
And we still do.
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.
thanks for the conversation. Always enjoy your thoughts. Randy
same here. you always make me think. Lincoln in my mind was one of the greatest men in history, yet he spent men like water in the war.
ps — I hope your conundrum doesn’t have a hole in it. ( well two holes. )
You left me with a lot of my plate.
What a holey revoltin’ conundrum that is (said William Bendix, from the Life of Randy, er , Riley)
What greater good? And the answer is none more greater good as Nigel from Spinal Tap might say! But seriously well said Randy!