Struggling With Policy and Writing

That title is a little misleading - I'm not talking about .NET security and my upcoming books. The first issue is with the upcoming war with Iraq. After hearing Bush last night, it's now just a matter of days before we invade. Not that this is suprising - it seemed like it's been inevitable for a while. But I was disturbed by Bush basically giving the UN the middle finger. "Oh, sure, we'll cooperate with our allies, and we'll work to make this world a better place...but you can all fuck off when we think it's in our best interest." I do like living in America - it's not perfect, but a lot better than some other countries. I also understand that if you feel it's beneficial to go against the general view, it may be necessary to do so. But this is the only planet we know of that can support human life, and until every country is allied with one another, we're pretty much committed to wars and violence.

It's an idealistic view, but why can't countries simply work together? I watched "Contact" last night (one of my favorite movies, even though it has a couple of holes in the storyline), and I'm almost convinced it would take an off-world event for Earth to become united (e.g. incoming asteriod, extra-terrestrial message, a real, fully-documented alien encounter). Because, well, hell, if this rock is all that we know supports life, might as well exploit it and those who live on it, right? I may sound pessimistic, but I'm trying to be optimistic. My hope is that the entire world will eventually be united as one country. Sure, that may be idealistic, but I'd rather have that view than to have a vision of numerous territories warring with each other for thousands of years. I don't know if it'll ever happen (and I'm sure some people get shivers when they hear anything akin to "One World Government") but it's my hope that it does.

The other struggle is kind of funny. I've been reading, "Blood Ties", by Jennifer Lash, for three months. Usually, I can get through books in a week or two, but this book just dragged on...and on...and on...and on! Once I finished it, the book wasn't too bad, but the storyline just did not grab me. There are books that I've read (Michael Cunningham's "Flesh and Blood" comes to mind) that I could not put down. The characters development, the storylines - everything is written to keep me interested at a number of emotional levels. Lash's book didn't do that for me. However, I have an internal policy to finish a book at all costs. I bought it, damnit - might as well try to get something out of it! I've only stopped reading a book a couple of times in my life, only because they were truly dreadful books - it was a waste of effort to continue. But I've also come to realize that books are not writen with me in mind. I can't recall when I've read a book that a title like, "Blood Ties: Written Exclusively for Jason Bock." That's why I sometimes stuggle through books that just aren't clicking with me. Just because it's not my cup of tea doesn't mean there may be some nuggets of truth and wisdom contained within the paragraphs.

* Posted at 03.07.2003 11:52:39 AM CST | Link *

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