Jacks prowls the night streets working as a hitman. He feeds his victims to a flesh eating monster kept out in the mountains. But after being stung by a sense of resentment, he begins to plot against his employers.
above video is Marine Gunnery Sergeant Walgren speaking before the invasion of
Marjah in 2010. It’s since become a staple of Marine Corps moto (motivational) culture
and it always resurfaces around Veteran’s Day and the Marine Corps Ball. It
used to be the video that would make
an annual appearance but it now shares a lot of that former limelight with all
things related to the Patron Saint of Chaos, General James Mattis. Still,
there’s an important similarity between the two that goes deeper than the hype factor.
Give Mattis a spin through Google Images. Then do the same for Eisenhower,
Puller, Nimitz, Macarthur…do the same for any famed American flag officer. A
pattern presents itself. In none of any of their most iconic photos are these
men depicted as overseeing anything like a parade or an inspection.
Particularly for the most recent of them, where PR is a fact of life, they’ll
always be pictured standing amongst a small group of ground troops. And that’s
not a coincidence. F…
THAN MERE METAPHORS An
introduction to the suprahuman
TERROR OF HISTORY
Mircea Eliade’s view, ancient peoples
believed their myths to occur in a remote ‘sacred time’. Opposite of this was
the ‘profane time’ of their own, and our, day-to-day lives. Profane time
followed a linear path, accumulating changes and unique events as it went on. Sacred
time had a more limited amount of content, usually a cosmic creation, sagas of
heroes and gods, a final dissolution, and an eventual rebirth. It was sacred
time that was more revered by the ancients. Sacred time was the central point
of the cosmos which our world only imitated. We were the incidental bystanders
to far greater processes.
These cycles may have been natural for the
gods and spirits, but our own lives weren’t as predictable. Seeking to overcome
the uncertainty of our existence, we once tried to link the events of our personal
and communal lives with those of the myths in hopes of gaining a sense of direction
and purpose. …