Q: In light of 11.11.11 and Veteran’s Day tell us about your favorite soldier and how he or she is saving the world. Fictional or real life.I might be strange and hated for saying this, but I disagree with war in every way. I cannot accept that two world powers have what are effectively their 'underlings' die for them in conflicts. If people have a stake in the war, fine, but I think that should be kept under personal conflicts. And if they do it for money then I have to say that is regrettable: that a man or woman's government cannot provide jobs enough for their constituents and so put them to work fighting and risking their lives. I know people who, being 17, want to join the army, navy, air force or otherwise come the end of school- but I think it will lead to a pointless loss of life. The repition of wars throughout time show how we are a violent race and that we must amend this and stop this loss of life. Because whenever one war stops, there is short period of so-called 'peace time' before soldiers are called on again.
If I offend, then I am sorry. I'm intensely pacifist and only just about believe in self-defense. It's my problem, since I know why war is necessary and a symptom of the age or however you say it. Maybe I'm just 'too young' to appreciate what I am saying. Because we all know that come 18, we see the world with perfect clarity.
So I don't have a favourite soldier, in the intended sense of the word. It's a remembrance day to remind us that al these people died. If I can take anything from it, I take away the horror and pernicious nature of war as something that I cannot praise or approbate. Sorry. I actually half-considered not saying anything, but what is a blog if not a way to globally express free speech.
Love-Hate Relationship: Which characters from a book do you love to hate?
Hurgh. This is hard. Can I get back to you? No...
I think I have to say I hate Frodo with a passion from the Lord of the Rings. Okay, I've only read one, but I've seen the films and I know how he distrusts Sam despite his unwavering loyalty. I feel like screaming at him "People like this are rare enough- don't go shattering his faith you little hairy-footed cretin!" Or something along those lines: I'd probably be more hysterical and be incoherent. But I understand he's my protagonist and he does some good in the end. I kind of think I just like him because I like Sam.
Also, I love Richard III from Shakespeare's play. He is such a cold-hearted, hateful man, but he's so clever and- when rightly played or read- also funny in a dark way. I know I should hate him, but he's so well done that we're endeared to him despite our better judgement. The same goes for MacBeth. I think he's a power-hungry lunatic (with a wife who is more so), but when he makes sense then I like him and can understand him. The Bard was a great writer, since I could probably find one character like this in all his work, had I read it all. As it is, I've read two and seen maybe 5 or 6. Good ol' William.