Military Lingo

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?

Military Colloquialisms

Climate Change

Climate Change

“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.