Tuesday, April 08, 2003[posted by jaed at 10:39 AM]
Soldiers of the Great War
Ideofact proposes that dividing the large conflicts of the past century into WWI, WWII, the Cold War, and whatever we end up calling this one may be a conceptual mistake. Each of these wars grew out of unresolved stresses from the previous one, and they all have roots in 1914:
But perhaps we are not in a new era, but in the midst of an old one, heirs of the fallout of the assassination of the heir to the throne of an empire which no longer exists in a provincial capital in a region of no particular strategic significance. We have cast off the scarlet trousers and climbed out of the trenches, but are still fighting because of issues unresolved in the Great War.It's only a sketch at present, though he promises more later. But even as a sketch, it's one of those iceberg-ideas: the tenth above water is common knowledge, but the idea gives us a hint of the submerged nine-tenths we haven't yet seen.