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It Is All Relative

November 10, 2009

I was reading Haruki Murakami’s ‘The Wind-up Bird Chronicle’ today. Actually, I was reading a Hebrew translation of the English adaptation of this book from the Japanese. It talks about a man trapped in a well who had lost sense of time. He checked his wrist watch and tried to determine if it was 11 hours that had passed, or 23. But then he decided that it did not matter. What mattered was that he was tired and hungry. The Dow Jones hit 10,000 last month and everybody partied like it was 1999. Then it went down and up and down and down and up and up again. I am bothered by President Obama’s speech at Fort Hood today. He may have implied that the deaths of the soldiers who have died in their military base were more tragic than the deaths of the soldiers who have died in the alienated war zone. Today my role model is not President Obama. Today my role model is the dad who I see running on my street every morning pushing a baby jogger.

“This is a time of war. And yet these Americans did not die on a foreign field of battle. They were killed here, on American soil, in the heart of this great American community. It is this fact that makes the tragedy even more painful and even more incomprehensible.” Obama Ft. Hood Speech: VIDEO, TEXT Of Memorial Remarks, The Huffington Post, November 10, 2009

Art: Liberation, by Rob James, available under Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike license

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