Thursday, August 20, 2009

Ascetic










I'm rereading Evan Wright's Generation Kill and came across one of my favorite sections today.

"What unites them is an almost reckless desire to test themselves in the most extreme circumstances. In many respects the life they have chosen is a complete rejection of the hyped, consumerist American dream as it is dished out in reality TV shows and pop-song lyrics. They've chosen asceticism over consumption. Instead of celebrating their individualism, they've subjugated theirs to the collective will of an institution. Their highest aspiration is self-sacrifice over self-preservation."

Nostalgia trip: Life in a Humvee:




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