Abusing History

Here’s one thing which really bothers me: the abuse of history. It shows itself most often in two different ways, both of which are very disturbing. First, people tend to airbrush history in order to confirm their own biases. And second, people today tend to view previous generations as know-nothing imbeciles. Both of these end…

A Study in Courage and Fear

How much have we lost from the ancients? I wonder that a lot. After all, because I thoroughly reject the idea that humanity is on a never-ending, can’t-be-stopped rocket of social progress, it stands to reason that knowledge and beauty could easily have been lost over the millennia of slaughter and corruption. I’ve mentioned on…

Know the Terrain

We may distinguish six kinds of terrain, to wit: (1) Accessible ground; (2) entangling ground; (3) temporizing ground; (4) narrow passes; (5) precipitous heights; (6) positions at a great distance from the enemy. Sun Tzu In April of 1242 the Northern Crusades were still in full swing and the Teutonic Livonian Order was making a…

Behind Enemy Lines

My favorite sitcom of all time is Hogan’s Heroes, a silly comedic series of ever-more-unlikely scenarios about the efforts behind-enemy-lines of a group of POWs in German Stalag 13 during WWII.  The show starred Bob Crane as the ranking POW, Col Robert Hogan, and Werner Klemperer and John Banner as the inept Stalag Commandant (Col…

Disarmament

Most people who know me well, know that I really love to play Sid Meier’s Civilization.  The franchise of computer games began in 1991 with the first iteration and has since been updated and spun-off several times.  To this day I still play the occasional game of Civilization (Civ). The rules and gameplay of Civ…

Deus Vincit

How much have you analyzed watershed events in your life?  Probably quite a bit.  Watershed events are points in time when something happens which completely changes the way you view the world – not to mention your relationship to/with it.  They become a singular point of reference for either good turning to bad or vice…