True story: A fellow applied for a hunting license and was told he would have to take a hunter’s safety course first. The fellow said he was a veteran and well-trained in handling guns. Couldn’t he get a waiver? No, said the clerk, because we’re trying to teach you not to kill people.
I’ve been watching the 2008 PBS documentary Carrier — 1 Ship, 5000 Stories, about the people on the aircraft carrier the USS Nimitz. Some of the stories of the sailors, airmen, and marines touched my heart, and I was also impressed at how much the world has changed in the past five years. Some of the crew were ambivalent about their mission to the Middle East, but one thought the U.S. was doing good by being “the babysitter of the world,” and another thought we were bringing peace and democracy to the Middle East. I wonder what they would say now?
What do you think? What changes in the world are you most aware of? Have you had to do any major adapting in the past few years? Ours, of course, was recovering from the fire and the subsequent flash flooding.