Thursday, June 24, 2010
Men who read about Men who Stare at Goats
Yes, the title is a dead give away. The book is very very interesting so far. I'm reading it for a little light reading while still plowing through Robert Jordan. As I said, Jordan's work is pleasantly surprising me this time around, but it's still quite LONG journey. MWSAG, on the other hand, is short and reads as quick as a comic book. As interesting and enjoyable as it is, though, it's also disturbing. I know it's naive, but I still have this assumption that men and women in command, in the military, are somehow in command because they have been deemed wiser, more capable, and generally more intelligent than everyone else. And then I read something like this book (or, ok, watch the news sometimes) and all I can think is "WTF??" You come to realize that maybe in some cases the "uber-person" hypothesis is true, but in others it's like bizarro world because some of these commanders are so much MORE wacked out than the rest of us it's not even funny. Read the book and you'll see what I mean. Or probably watch the movie, but as I haven't (watched the movie) I can't be sure you'll get the same effect. Weird people out there, folks, very weird people. And as this is me saying that, with my pretty loose standards for weirdness, that's a scary statement.