Monday, August 15, 2005

Quote Of The Day

We're all scared. You hid in that ditch because you think there's still hope. But Blithe, the only hope you have is to accept the fact that you're already dead. And the sooner you accept that, the sooner you'll be able to function as a soldier is supposed to function. Without mercy. Without compassion. Without remorse. All war depends on it." - Lt. Ronald Spiers


I was watching Band of Brothers when I heard this quote. The Lieutenant was talking to a Private who was so scared to the point that he would occaisionally go blind because of his fear.

But what he said is so true. During times when you fear losing your life the most, the only way to lose that fear and continue functioning is to accept that you're dead to begin with. It also makes it easier to accept death when you're dying. When I watch all those war movies, the soldiers I pity the most are those who die before they even know it and the ones who die without being able to fight back.

There was a scene were 2 soldiers were crawling side by side under fire and when one of them start to speak, his sentence was cut off by a bullet in his head. The other soldier said, "Shit" and continued crawling.

And there was another scene in the movie where some of the planes got shot down before the soldiers managed to jump off.

I just think it would really suck to die like that.

But coming back to what the Lieutenant said, it's really sad, when you have no choice but to live your life like that. Still, after watching all these movies, I feel becoming a soldier. Maybe I should go join the US Army since I'm eligible. Haha.


Anonymous melissa said...

that's true. Riding the rollercoaster for instance. Initially, i'll go like, "OMG OMG am i going to die?" or, "what if the whole thing breaks down? What if i get thrown out?" But after awhile, i'll just go, "haiya die then die lah." and it is then and there that i begin to enjoy the ride. ;)

12:27 PM  
Blogger Lynne said...

Wow, a valiant man! How come you are eligible to join the US army leh?

9:21 PM  
Blogger J. Star said...

Hey--came to your blog via Emergency Dance Party (Hi Chip!). That picture you have a few posts ago of the girl taking the photo is just hysterical. Also, this entry is...well, very interesting. Pondering on the nature of fear always makes for a dark post...

10:50 PM  
Anonymous Donavon said...

Just lead a normal life lar. Marry at the age of 24 to a girl who's neither too pretty nor too ugly. Have 2 kids. A daughter first. Then a son. Retire when ur daughter gets married and ur son finds a job. And spend the rest of ur days playing chinese chess and watching the clouds. Join what US army? Sign up for BMT in sg to find out what the hell army is like. Troublesome...

12:41 AM  
Blogger Zen|th said...

Melissa: Yeap. I found that to be the best way to let go your fear. Just simply accept it and it'll go away.

Lynee: It's because I'm a US permanent resident. I feel joining the US army because it seems to be really happening. Even though it means the chances of me getting killed are higher.

JStar: Glad to have you drop by. =)

Donavon: I know, I know Shikamaru. But life never turns out the way you expect, doesn't it? I'll agree with you though, *sigh* life is troublesome..

5:38 PM  
Blogger blablabla said...

i like war movies for this reason. it just makes your heart...lurch? some of these things, whether fiction or not, actually reflects part of how we look at life.

btw, watched the pianist? :D

6:05 PM  
Blogger Ang Ku Kueh said...

War movies too sad for me....i try not to watch or i get panda eyes. But watching these shows should make you Not want to be a soldier, rite? but then, to each his own. :)

11:46 PM  
Anonymous Donavon said...

They say that in the army,
the food is very nice.
You ask for curry chicken,
they give you fucked up rice.

They say that in the army,
the Sergeants very nice.
You ask a simple question,
they scold you chao cheebye.

7:53 PM  
Blogger Sky said...

haha gerome, i think u are not just affected by band of brothers, i think u are affected by Gundam Seed Destiny too. =p

11:22 PM  
Blogger sari said...

dat show is tooo bloddy for me~ heehee

12:02 PM  
Anonymous Perla said...

The life of a soldier must be very hard...

I have a friend in Iraq, and all the time im scared because i think i could lose him one day...

:S...i hate wars...i really hate it

11:29 PM  
Blogger Zen|th said...

Ningx: I haven't really watched the pianist. Only caught the last part. But I heard it's really good.

Ang Ku Kueh: For me, I feel inspiried because of the bravery that the soldiers display.

Donavon: That's true, but that's the way life is wherever you go, isn't it? Life is always messed up.

Sky: Not really. But if they do start to make mobile suits one day, I'll volunteer! Hahahaha.

Sari: Yeah, it's quite bloody. But it's the bloody part that makes it real and nice to watch.

Perla: I'm sure it's not only hard for the soldier but for his friends and family too.

3:43 PM  

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