The Second, feeling of the tusk, Cried, “Ho! what have we here, So very round and smooth and sharp?To me ’tis mighty clear This wonder of an Elephant Is very like a spear!”
—From “The Blind Men and the Elephant,” by John Godfrey Saxe
I don’t know much about being a soldier. I worked very hard at avoiding military service. I conscientiously objected to the notion that the military could settle anything, or could make anyone safer, especially with me as a part of it. Above all, I objected to the idea of blindly following anyone else’s orders, no matter how much sense the orders seemed to ...