Have I mentioned recently that I adore Mark Steyn?
Mr. Steyn is releasing TONS of wonderful material from The Mark Steyn Show on his web site, so if you haven't watched them then you should.
I was very moved by this latest Steyn Post "The War That Made the World We Live In", but there is one line that was particularly haunting right towards the end. Steyn rightly points out that individuals and societies that have nothing to die for have nothing to live for. How much wisdom is it possible to pack into one phrase? A great deal as it turns out.
Do watch the whole Steyn Post here, and do notice the lovely sartorial combination-really nice suit and shirt with signature pocket square!
UMM...SORRY, BUT IS IT HOT IN HERE?
BECAUSE I FEEL RATHER FLUSHED...
SORRY what were we talking about?
Steyn, suits, war, civilizational collapse...
Right, right-watch the whole thing here and for real and not for joking, tell me if that zinger I cited above does not just kick you in the kishkes.
And then, if you are not depressed enough, please read this post: The Incoming Roar
As Mark often points out, the stories are all different but they are all the same.
If you don't want to be a story, speak up and live free.
Life is not a dress rehearsal.
I refuse to live life afraid.
There is risk inherent in this approach but there is more risk in choosing to "live" or more accurately sleepwalk through life with your head down, trying not to attract attention, not understanding that though you are not interested in this war, this war is very interested in you and yours.
As Mark says: if you have nothing to die for, then you clearly have nothing to live for.