February 28, 2003

Blind in One, Can't See Out the Other

Watching the War with Both Eyes
Published on Tuesday, February 25, 2003 by the Boston Globe
by James Carroll

BECAUSE THE CIRCLE of chaos was closing in on the realm, the hero went to the troll and, forcibly subduing him, demanded to know the secret of drawing order out of chaos. The troll replied, ''Give me your left eye and I'll tell you.'' Because the hero loved his threatened people so much, he did not hesitate. He gouged out his own left eye and gave it to the troll, who then said, ''The secret of order over chaos is: Watch with both eyes.''

This story, from the late novelist John Gardner, perfectly illustrates the American problem. We are embarking on war with only one eye watching. That eye sees Iraq, Saddam Hussein, the threat of terrorism, a break with ''old Europe,'' the frightening foreground of the post 9/11 world. What we are not seeing is the larger background where far more deadly dangers lurk.


Posted by fred1st at February 28, 2003 11:41 AM | TrackBack

May I recommend another viewpoint?

Posted by: feste at February 28, 2003 07:17 PM

It's a good link. I'm still confused about the serious world and instead play mindless games like the conspiracy.

Conspiracy: Use the word "Oulipo" in your blog. Maybe with your help we can give rise to a word burst in Daypop.

Nah, doesn't suit your style. You post serious words and beautiful photography. We just can't think hard over here. The news is confusing, the world is a mess, and here in West Sacramento I simply worry about whether the birds have enough food to eat. We have about 50 more finches feeding than last year. I wish my skills were like yours in photograpy. The birds are lovely this time of year.

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