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Antoine A Raphael
Harmony and Contrast, the female impact
It's the story of a young man in deadly situation.
Peter Young, like any idealistic adolescent, is convinced that if everybody thinks and behaves like him, the world will be a lot better. Indeed, he admits that the right attitude to have should be to go to school and maintain an “A” average; to have a set of values to live or die for; to believe that society is a continuum, an amalgamation of intelligent beings communicating their endless experiences to one another, which should be the seeds of global hope and fellowship. Yet, he finds out that he rubs others the wrong way, who profess different beliefs claiming to be more down-to-earth. He meets along the way with animosity, violence, despair and hatred, until, by a stroke of luck, he stumbles on boundless love and generosity.
Above all I feared I could be sent abroad to fight, kill and be killed. That was so much against my philosophy of life. In fact, why should I go abroad to fight, to kill and be killed for reasons unknown to me? Why should I kill perfect strangers? We couldn't communicate with each other, since we didn't speak the same language. We didn't know each other's names. We didn't wear the same outfits and didn't love the same way. We didn't share the same experiences and patrimony. We didn't have any personal dispute. We ignored everything about each other. What could make me start wishing these perfect strangers evil? Ah! The order to wish them evil, to maim them, to destroy them, would come from my superior officer who would have received it from his commander who would have received it from someone else. By the time it reached me, it would become so impersonal, so cold, and unemotional, that carrying it out would be sensless or would say a lot abouit my own sadism and lack of humanity.