Pax of wolves?

Not much time for blogging today, as it is a day in which I must get caught up on that part of real life which is non-Internet-based.

But the last post on Alexander reminded me (again) of Belmont Club's analysis, especially this:

The world of 320 BC is as distant from us today as the 19th century, the last point in time when men intuitively understood the ancient world. It was then then that the explorer and anthropologist Richard Burton could write these words in his Book of the Sword and expect them to be widely understood:
The History of the Sword is the history of humanity ... Primitive man ... was doomed by the very conditions of his being and his media to a life of warfare; a course of offence to obtain his food, and of defence to retain his life. ... Peace was never anything to them but a fitful interval of repose. The golden age of the poets was a dream; a Videlou remarked 'Peace means death for all barbarian races'
Osama has as often said and we have as often misunderstood: 'peace be unto us'.
I was reminded of this when I saw the following quote:
All Men Die--Not All Men Live.
The extent to which peace is death is certainly debatable (context is everything), but few would argue with the idea that death is peace.

Peace to your enemies?

posted by Eric on 12.04.04 at 01:50 PM










Comments

"Only the dead have seen the end of war."
-Plato

And perhaps there is also War in Heaven. Valhalla?

Thanks Steven! That's one of my favorite quotes, too! Glad you mentioned it.

Eric Scheie   ·  December 4, 2004 11:11 PM

re: All Men Die--Not All Men Live.

Apparently it's a line from Braveheart, and the Promise Keepers like it so much they use it on their posters:

http://www.promisekeepers.org.nz/2004-source/extended.pdf

I'm beginning to suspect this is an elliptical reference to Mel Gibson's 'The Passion', a bit of code for your neo-con, anti-Semite minions!

Down with CRASSical Values, puppet of the InstaJERK!

ps: j/k

Dennis   ·  December 5, 2004 9:57 AM

The Neo-Con, Homo-Con, Nazi, Zionist Conspiracy? InstaFascist?


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