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Quote of the day

Filed By Ed Team | January 03, 2007 2:43 PM | comments

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Tags: military, Scott Adams, tragedy, war

"Every time there's a military conflict, someone points out that many of the victims were NOT adult men. The theory is that a tragedy is way more tragic if anyone other than adult men get killed. If you throw a woman or a minor or a puppy into the mix then we all have a reason to be sadder and madder.

"I totally agree with the view that some tragedies are more tragic than others, depending on who is involved. But I do demand efficiency. That's why I propose ranking the value of all types of people so I can more easily judge how sad I should feel when they get killed.

"For example, if 400 villagers are buried in a mudslide, I'd like to know how many of them were drunks, assholes, nags, dickheads, crooks, or males, just to pick a few examples. I wouldn't feel as much pressure to feel bad about that portion of the village. In the best case scenario, the victims would all be adult men with no special talents. That's barely even a tragedy. We adult males have our uses to be sure, but society agrees that it's not such a big deal when someone kills us.

"I think that the main reason there are so many wars is that most of the soldiers are adult males. If all wars had to be fought exclusively by second graders or contestants from the Special Olympics, no one would ever start a war because the results would be too tragic." -- Scott Adams on Dibert.blog

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Ahem. Speaking as the mother of an adult male, I beg to differ. And I'm sure I speak for thousands, no, make that millions, of other mothers of adult males. We do not want to see our adult male sons put in that position. Thank you.

Sorry Bil, it's those "old white farts" that predestined you who made up the rules of a slowly changing society. Through history Native Americans, African-Americans, Asians, Gays and Lesbians, Women, we are all the weaker species to play in these atrocities. Therefore, as logic would have it, it is sadder for a puppy to die than the old dog. You want efficiency; how about a deep blanket sadness that as a human race we resort to killing one another. And even more pathetic, cheer about it.

You want efficiency; how about a deep blanket sadness that as a human race we resort to killing one another. And even more pathetic, cheer about it.

Amen, Morgan.

Isn't it a rather odd dichotomy? We do place more emphasis on tragedies that involve children or women or puppy dogs. But, as a society, we turn a blind eye to war? It's as if our thought process runs: "Well, they signed up for the military. They know what they're getting into." Or at least - as Annette points out - until it's one of our children that dies in some foreign land.

And then that's a tragedy too.