[lit-ideas] Re: CFP: PEACE REVIEW on the PsychologicalInterpretation of War

  • From: Andy Amago <aamago@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx, lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 9 Dec 2004 20:49:01 -0500 (GMT-05:00)

Sorry to not get back to you earlier.  War might be like obesity.  Where once 
upon a time when food was scarce, it was genetically favorable to gain and hold 
on to fat.  Now in a time of abundance it's a killer.  Likewise, being warlike 
may have been a good thing in fending off saber tooths, thereby aiding 
survival.  Today being warlike causes reductions in survival, of both rich and 
poor, and certainly reductions in quality of life.  Something like 95% of 
people who diet regain their weight.  That seems to be our success rate for 
staying out of war, nearly none.  

Good news for Bush supporters (had to get that in there, didn't I?) in his 
inability to avoid succumbing to influences greater than he is.  On the other 
hand, it doesn't make him a bigger man either, not being able to resist 
temptation, does it?   He's just another mere mortal who has a direct line to 
God.  Okay, Andy, give it a rest.


Resting,
Andy Amago



-----Original Message-----
From: Eric Yost <NYCEric@xxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Dec 9, 2004 12:23 AM
To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [lit-ideas] Re: CFP: PEACE REVIEW on the PsychologicalInterpretation 
of War

Lawrence: We are a conflicted people - all of us are.  We engage in 
conflicts throughout life.  The nations that represent us also engage in 
conflicts.


Conflicts make a better story, that's for sure. So maybe there's a 
narratological base for our conflicts? If consciousness is a narrative, 
maybe we need conflict to make sense of our lives? Similarly with 
nations: lacking conflict, they would vanish and nobody would notice 
their absence.

Eric

PS: What's bad for the hero of the story is good for the plot. That may 
be the original fatal apple in concentrate form.

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