We must be aware of our selves. —Daniel J. Neumann
It may not be common to bookend an essay with poetry, but I’m not striving to do something common; I’m striving to do something obvious (yet hidden). I want to look at a horrible conflict between people by examining the people as people. Further, I intend to look at them for what they are: poems writing poetry. This being a product of post-modernism, and loosely derived from Foucault’s New Historicism, I’ll be implementing a deictic analysis. This basically means I’ll try to connect with the person writing the letter by adding my own meaning into his words. I hope that this method will improve empathy and a deeper understanding of war. For the sole purpose of relation and engagement, I’ll impose a level of interpretative flexibility in order to infer emotions and abstract ideas (codes). By the nature of emotions, sometimes they’re recorded less directly in a letter by means of framing or an altered state of awareness. Word choice is indicative of this.
As some of you regular readers may already know, I’ve written a glowing review for “a Margin of Theft,” by John C. Macidull. I believe in the methodology he wishes to spread. I’ve yet to see his commonsense analytic technique spread like wildfire as I’d imagine it ought to. Bearing that in mind, I’m committed to try my own hand at a “MOT (Margin Of Theft) meter.” I decided to analyze the United States motivations for fighting Syria. I hope you all will check out Macidull’s book and webpage.
The ugly civil war in Syria is already being influenced by outside forces: Iran and Russia, to name just two. Normally, the U.S. runs guns to wars. Now, there’s dangerous talk of engaging our military to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Those who champion Genetically Modified (GM) food, promise it’ll put an end to world hunger by driving down food prices. Others claim GM food jeopardizes the welfare of our biotic community, since it interferes with bio-diversity. Still, others claim that, because of the lack of bio-diversity, because of the successfulness and affordability of the crop, a pandemic could wipe out our entire food supply.