Unpleasant Realties

Filed under:Bill of Rights,General,War on Terror — posted by 3wire on 7/2/2006 @ 3:36 am

Quote from: State of Fear by Michael Crichton

“He felt as if he had been physically moved—as if someone had picked him up and shifted him ten feet to one side. He was no longer standing in the same place. But he had also been changed internally. He felt a kind of solid impassivity he had not known before. There were unpleasant realties in the world, and previously he had averted his eyes from them, or changed the subject, or made excuses for what had occurred. He imagined that this was an acceptable strategy in life—in fact, that it was a more humane strategy. He no longer believed that.

If someone tried to kill you, you did not have the option of averting your eyes or changing the subject. You were forced to deal with that person’s behavior. The experience was, in the end, a loss of certain illusions.

The world was not how you wanted it to be.

The world was how it was.

There were bad people in the world. They had to be stopped.”

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