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November 30, 2006

Fireworks, America, Paranoia

Filed under: Notes — basileios @ 10:38 am

I mentioned a couple of days ago my thoughts on the essence of being American based on the passage by Pynchon. Page 111 has another acute observation with which I agree 100%:

“… 4th of July fireworks are the patriotic symbols of noteworthy episodes of military explosion in our nations history, deemed necessary to maintain the integrity of the American homeland against threats presented from all sides by a benightedly hostile world’.

Is paranoia then integral to the American spirit which keeps a rather diverse nation intact based on possible external threats? And yes, this feels a lot more as if it was written for todays years of conflict and not for the 1900.


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