Axver (axver) wrote,

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It's true we are immune when fact is fiction and TV reality.

I've rather taken to writing entries one day and posting it the next, which is rather strange but as long as I remember to refer to the day I'm writing on as 'yesterday', it seems to actually work. I don't know why I'm doing this, but it seems to have just happened one day and now I'm sticking to it for some obscure reason that I don't know.

I have this sudden need for serious discussion and intelligent debates. I have trouble finding it, there's most certainly not enough of it going around. I must be strange in that I find serious discussions most fun and fulfilling.

I've become rather depressed over my writing because I'm not happy with it. This is a particularly bad for me because writing is all I have and it's all I am. But no need to dwell on that.

An issue has arisen on CF and I thought I'd post my thoughts here.

Some people are discussing that apparently there's the possibility of conscription (or as some call it, a draft) in the USA in 2005. This doesn't affect me, obviously, but as a regular participant on the forum, I couldn't help but join in on the thread, and I'd like to discuss my thoughts here on conscription.

Personally, I find it morally repulsive and repugnant. We oppose dictatorships where people are essentially enslaved and not given freedom of choice, so how can we justify our current society while forcing people into military service? Furthermore, who are we to make someone go to war anyway? Who are we to send someone into harm's way and possibly to their death? The military is not a pleasant thing, it is something many would dearly love to avoid, and I do not see why anyone should be made to fight. Let's examine a few things.

We live in a society with freedom of choice. We are allowed to have our own opinions on the government, our own religious beliefs, and we have freedom of movement. We also have the freedom to decide whether we want to go into combat or not. This is not a matter of serving one's country, this is a matter of life and death. People die in war. I cannot justify people being sent against their will into a situation where they may meet their death. Freedom cannot be defended by denying freedom. Lives cannot be saved by making people give theirs away. War is hell, it is something I do not even want to think about, and I thank God I've never had to experience it. How dare a government that claims to work for the best for its citizens make them go into conflict. It is such a serious and grave situation that one should only go there if they choose to.

What's more, I do not believe conscripts would make good fighters. How would you feel if you were taken from your friends and family, from the life you were building for yourself, from safety and security, and thrust into a battlezone? Would you feel any love for your country after it's thrown you into the worst form of hell on earth? Would you want to fight for a government that makes you fight? I wouldn't. I'd rise up against it, and the irony is the only way you're going to get me into combat is against a government forcing people into combat.

There is absolutely no moral reason for conscription. If people want to join the military, that is THEIR choice. Maybe we should be grateful we can live in the country we do, but we didn't choose to be born here, and gratefulness does not extend to walking into hell. I'm grateful to my country - I live within the laws, I will pay taxes when I'm eligible to, I do not work to undermine it, and that is that really. But I will gladly work to undermine my country if it chooses to resort to such an inhuman act as conscription at any time in the future, and I sincerely hope no other country (i.e. the USA, as rumoured) resorts to such means. You don't win a war with conscription. In fact, are there ever winners in war? From where I sit, it's all blood, death, and woe. Maybe sometimes it's necessary (i.e. the world wars), but even in victory, has anyone actually won?

Death and bloodshed are nothing anyone should be thrust into against their will. Conscription is an immoral, repulsive, archaic act that I feel should be opposed every step of the way. There is no justification. Ever.

No, I didn't see that little discussion coming either, but the thought of it suddenly popped into my head, and there you have it. Maybe I'll poll you lot. Yes, yes I shall.

What is your opinion on conscription?

I support the idea of conscription. If the government deems it necessary, it must be.
I believe it is justified in some situations.
I have no opinion due to not knowing, caring, or some other reason.
I believe it is immoral and cannot be justified.
I have a different opinion (that shall be stated in a comment).

Anyway. U2 ramblings now, because I feel like it.
- Exit is awesome.
- Exit is awesome.
- Exit is awesome.
- Exit is awesome.
- Exit is awesome.
"This is a story about a religious man who became a very dangerous man when he misunderstood the hands of love."
- Exit is awesome.
- Exit is awesome.
- Exit is awesome.
- Exit is awesome.
- Exit is awesome.

You know he got the cure
You know he went astray
He used to stay awake to drive the dreams he had away
He wanted to believe in the hands of love
The hands of love

His head, it felt heavy as he cut across the land
A dog started crying like a broken-hearted man
At the howling wind
At the ha-ha-owling wind
He went deeper into black, deeper into white
See the stars shine like nails in the night
He felt the healing, healing, healing, healing hands of love
Like the stars shiny, shiny from above
His hand in his pocket, his finger on the steel
The pistol weighed heavy, his heart he could feel
Was beating, beating, beating, beating, oh my love, oh my love, oh my love, oh my love

He learnt that the hands that build
Yeah, the hands that build
Can also pull down
Even the hands of love
Even the hands of love!

But without the dark music, that song's not complete. I love it, and it must come back on the next tour. Must. It won't, but it must. This is an official order to Bono. I have his autograph, so he has to be listening to me, right? Right? Yeah right.
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