The other day, Martin (the faculty leader for my study abroad program) pointed out how many military metaphors are used as colloquialisms in everyday speech. People talk about non-violent conflict with phrases like “stick to your guns,” “it’s an uphill battle,” “no man’s land,” “the whole nine yards,” I could go on. When we use these phrases what does that show about how common we find the destruction of life?
“Global warming is no longer a philosophical threat, no longer a future threat, no longer a threat at all. It’s our reality…. We need now to to understand the world we’ve created, and consider–urgently–how to live in it.” From Eaarth, by Bill McKibben
I want people to consider what would have happened in the Philippines if, say, 50 Gustavus students had been in danger’s way during the recent typhoon. I imagine they’d have been a top evacuation priority. If every University student in Minnesota had been? Probably the same.
I am starting my vaccination late. Life on the edge!