諫死

A specialized form of seppuku in feudal times was known as kanshi (諫死, “remonstration death/death of understanding”), in which a retainer would commit suicide in protest of a lord’s decision. The retainer would make one deep, horizontal cut into his stomach, then quickly bandage the wound. After this, the person would then appear before his lord, give a speech in which he announced the protest of the lord’s action, then reveal his mortal wound.

This ISIS stuff. Wow. They’re taunting us. They want us to come for them. It’s some very direct, intentional, evil stuff. I will be the first to say it’s irrational to deem something or someone evil because they have an opposing view, but these guys are making YouTube videos in which they wear masks, deliver maniacal monologues, and cut our journalists’ and aid workers’ heads off with hunting knives. You could almost expect to see Batman show up at any moment.

So, evil though they may be, what are we supposed to do? Aren’t we trying to stay out of wars now under Obama? He got Osama bin Laden. We were pulling out of Iraq. Why aren’t Iraq, Iran, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, or any of these other countries in the area working to neutralize ISIS? Are they? Do I misunderstand?

This is really weird and I hope that I’ll have the clarity of mind to come back and delete it soon, but I often feel in times of hardship that the most natural thing in the world would be to fight someone or something equally as lost and desperate to the death barehanded and either die choking and snarling or lie on my back toothless, bloody, and victorious gasping for air and staring into the open sky above me.

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