[Milton-L] Political and Correct
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Mon May 26 20:51:33 EDT 2008
Yet, haply, of thy race In future days, if malice should abound, Some one intent on mischief, or inspired With devilish machination, might devise Like instrument to plague the sons of men For sin, on war and mutual slaughter bent. (Book 6)
Just to make it about Milton, unfortunately he then, and we now, observe that indeed malice does abound.
O shame to men! Devil with devil damned Firm concord holds; men only disagree Of creatures rational, though under hope Of heavenly grace, and, God proclaiming peace, Yet live in hatred, enmity, and strife Among themselves, and levy cruel wars Wasting the earth, each other to destroy: As if (which might induce us to accord) Man had not hellish foes enow besides, That day and night for his destruction wait! (Book 2)
I appreciate that Milton's observations of the absolute absurdity that is war. As God the Father states "War wearied hath performed what war can do."
Collins Hill High School
Date: Mon, 26 May 2008 19:35:30 -0400From: cbartonphd1 at verizon.netSubject: Re: [Milton-L] Political and CorrectTo: milton-l at lists.richmond.edu
My parents were both veterans of a foreign war, Hannibal: WWII, in England. What they saw--Lord HawHaw and the devastation of London--the incendiary bombs and man's cruetly toward his brother--was no different from what our kids are facing today in Iraq . . . Afghanistan . . . or any other theatre in this endless stupidity called war . . .
except that technology has grown, and our capacity to kill one another efficiently has grown commensurately,
My message was for all soldiers, everywhere, and all the grown men who sent kids off to die.
I'm sorry that you couldn't get past the politics to the humanity that lies behind the spirit of this holiday. We don't celebrate the bureaucrats who sent them--just the kids who willingly went, their sweet and innocent patriotic lives on the line, not knowing if they'd come home, but believing that they were there to serve a Higher Cause. God bless them, even if you won't. I think John Milton would have.
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