Monday, May 28, 2012
MEMORIAL DAY POST (MY NEW HERO PAUL K CHAPELL)
I heard an interview on my local (well, Manhattan) NPR radio station with an Iraq War vet named Paul K. Chapell talking about how this is the century, the 21st, when we can end war. I was expecting the usual pieties and unrealities, but this guy is the real deal. He took questions and criticisms and even ridicule with an equanimity and consideration that was a living example of what he is striving for.
His premise, to oversimplify, is that two hundred years ago slavery was accepted in much of this country and so was the idea that females were property. Now anyone who tried to defend those beliefs would be dismissed by most of us as ridiculous. Well, the idea that we can solve issues by killing each other is as ludicrous, he contends, though he uses other words and is more convincing than I'm being.
I couldn't find the interview (it was the Phillip Lopate show I think, or maybe Brian Lehrer) [My son Miles found it and put it in a comment but here it is too.]. But there's several sites (here's one) on his book proposing the idea that we can end war in this century. And I notice a few talks and interviews on Youtube, but too long to post here. So just go check him out for yourself and you'll see. His arguments are reasonable, logical and totally convincing. They certainly convinced me.