Message - Re: a sniper's bullet - tragic

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Posted by  d on October 16, 2002 at 09:43:05:

In Reply to:  a sniper's bullet - tragic posted by JWmHarmon on October 15, 2002 at 19:28:05:

Horrific and tragic-yes.

Unfortunately we Americans who live in areas like suburban Washington DC tend to forget that the perceived separation between our lives at work and at home is an illusion, when seen from a sufficiently generalized perspective- a perspective such as, for instance,that of an architect, or,in the present terrible instance, a terrorist...

This lack of separation is more clearly understood in other countries, where long histories of invasions, pogroms and wars have institutionalised the understanding that vigilance is a permanent state of mind...

I can think of few instances of internationally-sponsored murder in DC in my lifetime: the Israeli ambassador, murdered outside his suburban home some twenty years ago, the bomb which killed Orlando Letelier on Massachusetts Avenue...
But this changing....
Even if the DC "sniper" is not an international agent, he is an agent of a new, alien reality...
For with globalisation will come the realization that life is not divisable into two unrelated movies: one called "Work" and the other "Home"....
And this is a dilemma of modernity: our technology is creating a mind which sees events as cinematic narratives, which we view from the safety of "Home"....

"Clockwork Orange" was just a movie; but Life is not a movie...

Not really....

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