You have your sight, and yet you cannot see. —Tiresias, Oedipus Rex
Driving into the city to teach in gray-green late summer, I see one flaming red maple and think of Oedipus standing dangerously above the hoi polloi.
But it is Moses’ tree, a call story on a highway hillside. I want to stop traffic, shout, “Take off your shoes, people!”
For the world is on fire with a beauty so fragile that, like the thread of ash after the stick of incense burns, one breath can topple it.
Study war no more
Mar 18, 2011
Michael Izbicki grew up in a nondenominational church in California. A National Merit Scholarship finalist, he chose to go to the U.S. Naval Academy out of a sense of duty to his country during a time of war. At the naval academy he began to doubt whether the career to which he had committed himself could be squared with the tenets of just war doctrine. He got in trouble when he responded no to this exam question: "If given the order, would you launch a missile carrying a nuclear warhead?" After a four-year legal battle, the navy discharged him as a conscientious objector. Izbicki may have to reimburse the service for part or all of his education (New York Times, February 22).