so the angel Gabriel kept his word and hid his face for my own good he spoke things that I couldn’t understand I was filled with sparks and my joints began to burn and the sky above the interstate was a needlepoint of my life and I could finally see how eternity was not the same thing as forever but rather an all-at-onceness which really makes time a kind of grace that protects us from something like the expanse of the sky or the reality of such a feeling in a vast field the universe falling around me like a veil and then lifted
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).