September 16th, 2010


Writer's Block: Peace for sale

Is it appropriate for governments to spend so much money on defense and weapons? How much is too much?

Same rules as for a person--enough to reasonably defend yourself with. Just as carrying around ten broadswords on his person would be too much for a single knight, nations have to use their best judgment as to how much is too much. Enough to destroy the planet is far, far too much.

The larger powers have been reducing their numbers of nuclear weapons for years, now. What we have to worry about these days are countries with small numbers of nuclear weapons, with despots in power.

A Parting of Ways

I'm not sure who wrote this poem, but a friend of mine posted it in a mailing list for women who are interested in Roman culture. It's pretty neat.

Here, Cyprian, is my jeweled looking glass,
My final gift to bind my final vow:
I cannot see myself as I once was,
I will not see myself as I am now.