By Don McLeese
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In the mid-1960s my young family and I coaxed one across the Mohave Desert, heat stuck in the on position and all its windows gaping. Since my 1984 return to the United States, there’ve been two comfortable Jettas. Then a used Volkswagen van that hauled what Barbara and I took cross-country when I got that first year’s teaching job at Trinity in 1986. We couldn’t sell that van for half what we’d paid for it. Priding ourselves on being tough when it comes to cars, yet losing, always losing. And one last Volkswagen, a diesel: just as the price of that once-cheap fuel rose above the cost of regular gasoline.
Again, I am somewhere else. Or everywhere at once. Without denying support for wars of national liberation, I can finally embrace pacifism as the only entirely rational answer. War is always horror. Capital punishment is obscene, no matter the obscenity of the crime. Nationalism itself bears reexamination, as it invariably leads to positions of exception, overarching authority, and swollen ego. Too many authoritarian leaders, too much dynasty. And far too many dead who believed they were dying for something different.
Women, Pumping Gas 17 lesbians, and gay men stagger at the bottom of the heap, our rights or lack thereof dependent upon the culture in which we live. Justice is always simpler than the experts would have us think. The Humvee driver looks belligerent now. He displays no visible relief that I’ve solved the problem and am pumping the gas. Today everything’s Self Serve. And automatic. ” as if there really is someone there, paying attention to my need. “Listen carefully, as our menu has changed. Press 1 if .
Albert Einstein by Don McLeese