Archive for March, 2002

history question

Dr. Roberts,

I have been in an e-mail discussion with some friends of mine and we have been discussing among other things the 9/11 attacks. I put forward that I disliked the disparity between the humanization of the victims in America and the lack of humanization of the rising casualties in Afghanistan. Someone else argued that it may well be a positive thing, since it almost indubitably keeps support for the conflict much higher than it would be otherwise and allows us to continue what is a just fight against terrorism.

I have been thinking about your class (I am in Early American History) and I can see that the life that I enjoy today is only possible because countless people died before me. I listened to the story of Antietam where some 23,000 people died in a day. I can’t even comprehend of carnage on that level, but had that war not been fought (as many before it) and had soldiers not died then my country and what it represents would not exist. So, though I am still of the opinion war is madness; I am as of yet at a loss to come up with a realistic alternative.

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j: fire in the belly

I have noticed in a couple different places just how much a lack of real intimacy affects my life. I end up feeling dissatisfied and alone even though I live in the midst of a wide variety of opportunities.

One of the things that for me bears on the exploration of intimacy is an exploration of my gender and sexuality. This is a place that I spend alot of time and something that has bothered me for a while. I wonder sometimes why it seems that I am so involved here while other people seem only to cast it a passing glance.

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sj: 9/11 footage

I have been home for the last couple of days and so I have had an opportunity to watch tv during this 6 month anniversary.

I really didn’t like seeing it on tv. I agree completely that it is important to grasp the magnitude of this event and the part that we all played in causing it to happen. That is most of why I am turned off. It is all so well packaged; so pretty and so laid out to tear at my heart strings.

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j/d: shadow

I have been thinking aout the question that A asked us a week or two ago to write some about shadow qualities that we recognize. I was thinking aboutit at the time and one of the classic characteristics for recognizing a shadow trait, being irritated by that characteristic in other people, is something that doesn’t happen to me a whole lot as of late.

I think a good many people are making bad decisions in how they are running their lives to be sure. I am far from being all accepting, but in general i figure nobody is willing to listen anyhow, so talking to them is pointless.

If I were to have a core belief that I think most negatively affects my enjoiment of my life now it is that people don’t care. That people are lazy. That people are unwilling to work. I feel impotent to deal with alot of the dissatisfaction in my life in large part because I have such little faith in their willingness to change.

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