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"The spirit is most often free when the body is satiated with pleasure, indeed, sometimes the stars shine more brightly seen from the gutter than from the hilltop"-
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Split Screen Sadness...And I don't know where you went when you left me but Says here in the water you must be gone by now I can tell somehow One hand on the trigger of a telephone Wondering when the call comes Where you say it's alright You got your heart right Maybe I'll sleep inside my coat and Wait on the porch 'til you come back home Oh, right I can't find a flight We share the sadness Split screen sadness Two wrongs make it all alright tonight All you need is love is a lie cause We had love but we still said goodbye Now we're tired, battered fighters And it stings when it's nobody's fault Cause there's nothing to blame at the drop of your name It's only the air you took and the breath you left Maybe I'll sleep inside my coat and Wait on the porch 'til you come back home Oh, right I can't find a flight So I'll check the weather wherever you are Cause I wanna know if you can see the stars tonight It might be my only right We share the sadness Split screen sadness I called Because I just Need to feel you on the line Don't hang up this time And I know it was me who called it over but I still wish you'd fought me 'til your dying day Don't let me get away Cause I can't wait to figure out what's wrong with me So I can say this is the way that I used to be There's no substitute for time Or for the sadness Split screen sadness We share the sadness-John Mayer

------------------ First Cut Is The Deepest...I would have given you all of my heart But there's someone who's torn it apart And he's taken just all that I had But if you want I'll try to love again Baby, I'll try to love again but I know The first cut is the deepest Baby I know the first cut is the deepest But when it comes to being lucky he's cursed When it come to loving me he's worst I still want you by my side Just to help me dry the tears that I've cried And I'm sure going to give you a try And if you want I'll try to love again (tryyy) Baby, I'll try to love again but I know The first cut is the deepest Baby I know the first cut is the deepest But when it comes to being lucky he's cursed When it come to loving me he's worst I still want you by my side Just to help me dry the tears that I've cried But I'm sure gonna give you a try 'Cause if you want I'll try to love again (try to love again) Baby, I'll try to love again but I know The first cut is the deepest Baby I know, the first cut is the deepest When it come to being lucky he's cursed When it come to loving me he's worst The first cut is the deepest baby i know The first cut is the deepest try to love again...-Sheryl Crow

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Thursday, March 20, 2003
(THE QUESTION)
While I haven't been devoting a great deal of thought to how a war in Iraq will affect me directly, I have wondered over the last few days how one might explain the situation of war to a child.

It's easy to assume that children have no concern with the horrors of war, that the naive cocoon of youth would protect them from the gruesome details. That a blissful ignorance would eliminate the desire for them to ask, "why is there a war" ... but the reality is, children will ask, and they will question why.

How does one answer such questions? How does one espouse the wisdom of our leaders? How can the need for a war be explained in the language of a child?

As the future generation, today's children will have to live with this new precedent, this new doctorate of pre-emption created by George W. Bush, and his "coalition of the willing".

And while they don't know it yet ... these children are witnessing an irreversible change in the way State power is used. With countries like North Korea and Iran currently accelerating their production of nuclear weapons, I can't help but wonder what actions these nations will resort to if they feel their freedom is "threatened".

Now, I'm hardly the pessimistic type who sees this as 'the beginning of the end', but I am curious as to how all this will be explained away. How will history remember this period in time.

Of course history shows the many failed attempts by the West to "liberate" Iraq and the Middle East region, but how will the current efforts read ... will there be mention of the arrogance of the West and it's blatant disregard for times past. For it's pretermission of previous unsuccessful campaigns against the tyrants of the Middle East? How will the pages of history stand up against what children are told today?

It's impossible to shield a child from the vision of war, even now ... before it has begun. Some might argue this is a good thing, that children shouldn't be shielded from the realities of the world, but I say ... whose reality are they being shown.

As the mainstream media broadcasts stream into our homes we're bombarded with "expert opinions" ... live footage from "the desert" ... and hyped up propaganda from senior politicians across the globe, all sincerely looking us in the eye through the vehicle of the lense ... but who wants their child's understanding of a war to come from the very people who believe it is necessary?

Some of the fundamental aspects of a child's behavioral development are tolerance ...tolerance of others, resolution, and the art of negotiation. So, when a parent has spent years developing these qualities in their child, enforcing them as the rules and expectations of society .... how can it be 'right' to explain away the bully tactics of this war ... furthermore, how can the killing of innocent people be justified as a means to resolving a problem?

While some might argue that as a parent one can choose to inform their child that the Government is wrong, that the leader of our democratic country is a half-wit, with no balls ... but it's not so simple. It fails to make sense of the decisions made, that kind of explanation ignores a child's wide-eyed approach to things ... children are not cynical by nature and they rarely see the bad in people unless its experienced first hand.

I guess I'm no closer to the answer of how it is we define war, and the need for it, to a child. But, by contemplating the question ... by looking at the question in it's most basic form, I've been reminded why I'm so opposed to a war on Iraq, why I so bitterly look upon George W. Bush and his Brown-Nose Boys as the tyrants of the West.

Right now ... this whole situation ..... I see it's as being about the world we're shaping for the next generation. I see how today's actions, actions of just a few men to "liberate" millions, may determine the future pattern of life for the children of today. And I see that their liberty, their freedom is being put in jeopardy before they even have a chance to realise it.

Back in Melbourne until Sunday ... who said there's a bloody drought on, huh?
xxx

posted by The Princess 12:19 AM



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Second Opinion.. The glow inside another red-crossed pelvis will drain when they crush that little bulb. Menstrual minstrels drift in from the weedless garden. The immaculate blue flame from the fake fireplace burns in the corner of my eye. Can't stop staring at nothing. A gloved hand opens the door, and the man enters soothingly, with an air of respect for the dead. Encourages us to look on the bright side. Black pants hide your pain afterwards, and there's a cookie on a napkin and a paper cup of red juice to replace your strength. We drive home without blinking because the sun isn't real .. . -Viggo Mortensen

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