Saturday, October 16, 2010
It’s Homecoming Weekend at Benedictine; therefore I’m choked for time. So I’m going make this quick. Since I don’t have the time to get deep into anything, I’ll leave that to you; if you care to throw in your two cents, feel free to comment. Or post my Facebook page. Or tweet me. Whatever you like.
How many of you have seen a war movie? A graphic war movie? I’m thinking of a scene from Black Hawk Down; if that doesn’t ring a bell, it’s about the Mogadishu disaster in Somalia back in the 90s. At one point, one of the men is shot from behind… and has to be operated on. No anesthetic. Just the words of his friends and their firm hands. I won’t go into any more details than that, but if you haven’t seen it, be assured it’s not easy to watch.
It’s no easier to reflect on. A while after seeing it, I went to the doctor and had to get a shot so he could fix a toe without causing me any pain. I thought about the man in the movie. People suffer pain like that everyday, and we in America have the resources to avoid it.
Is this ultimately good for us?