A Question And Feedbacks

On the topic QUESTIONS I daily remember the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889 – 1951) who said: “One can easily imagine a language consisting only of orders and messages in battle, or a language consisting only of questions and an expression of affirmation and negation. And countless others. To imagine a language means to imagine a life form.“
Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit, Stealth Bomber, AV-10 - 88-0331 "Spirit of South Carolina" at KBAD Barksdale Defenders of Liberty Airshow
title=”Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit, Stealth Bomber, AV-10 – 88-0331 “Spirit of South Carolina” at KBAD Barksdale Defenders of Liberty Airshow” – photo by AV8PIX Christopher Ebdon, click on the picture to enter his galleries on Flickr
Messerschmitt  Me262 B-1C Swallow N262AZ Collins Foundation c
title=”Messerschmitt Me262 B-1C Swallow” N262AZ Collins Foundation – photo uploaded by Bill Word, click on the picture to enter his galleries on Flickr
http://chewingwords.wordpress.com/ answered: “I like Wittgenstein’s quote. A lot. At a dinner party, I was seated next to an army general. I asked him about the command, “Ready. Aim. Fire.” I was getting a tad philosophical, but I was interested in the underlying principle of the command; not just that one is firing a gun. But the trifold nature of the command is what intrigued me. He explained to me that commands in the (American) military are a deliberate sequence, with each part having a specific function. “Ready” – get yourself in position. “Aim” – prepare yourself for what you need to do. “Fire” – execute the command. I found this a fascinating revelation. I’d forgotten about that until reading this quote. I think you’ve just helped me for one of my 365 entries for PostADay!”
http://jasonrosa.wordpress.com/ answered: “Mr. ‘Frizz’, on your article, Airshow Triumph, you mentioned the sadness involved with aviation used for military purposes. I agree. Being young, I am sometimes naive to the pain and destruction war -especially these aircraft- cause. They are powerful, swift, maneuverable and in some ways majestic; still sometimes I do ponder and reflect, sometimes a little regretful in my awe for military aircraft. Though they may have a horrible bite, there is a bit of “majestic-ness” military aircraft have that I cannot escape, nor do I want to. I do, repeatably agree and think that it would be much better if these aircraft could be enjoyed solely for their aesthetic / photographic qualities and their excellent aerobatic / avionic performance.
http://tostir.wordpress.com/ answered: “My father’s jet had a triangle with the word DANGER inside just below his cockpit, and the squadron insignia – a viscious-looking wolf. He helped me build a model of an F4. A conflicting thing as a child, to hate something so deeply and want desperately for my father to come home alive. It was difficult to understand what peace was, even the protesters angry, warring to a car full of kids and a terrified mother trying to drive on the military base. I became a pacifist early on. And now I’m co-existing with a wolf pack living where I do. I like that very much. Thanks for your wise words. As for the 1st poster — If I remember right I think it was a hand-me-down from my sister – Janis Joplin!”
P.S. by frizztext:
In Germany, short after World War II and during the fifties some publishers sold penny novels for the youth, telling stories from war “heroes”: doing their killing jobs in tanks, in submarines or in airplanes (like Walter Nowotny in his Me 262). Of course the allies disagreed after a while and those print messages were strictly forbidden. O.K. – but I cannot notice, that in the USA has been a similar process of critical questioning…

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7 responses to “A Question And Feedbacks

  1. how ironic that i opened you page just after i finished reading hugh’s morning post. the two posts compliment each other, though compliment is a poor choice for a word when it comes to military aviation and death.


    thank you for sharing these comments.


    • hi Lisa,
      I’m impressed by your drone statement there: “…Twice today, air force jets cruised over this coastal area, which they do quite often to try to catch any drug smugglers coming in by sea. One was very low – i’ve never in my life heard one careen overhead at such a low altitude …”


      • hey, thanks. i cannot imagine what it would be like to go into panic mode every time i heard the sound of an overhead flying machine.


        • I think we can believe that drones are not very interested on artists producing paintings – but you inspired me to write about drones in the future; in Germany as well as in the US they are considering to use drones vs. the crime scene supporting police…


          • it doesn’t seem fair to send drones out to kill others; it makes war on ‘terrorism more like an arcade game. too many innocents die, and the sad part is that the people who are in charge don’t seem to care about those deaths.

            apathy has become an epidemic.

            says the artist who watches the birds and paints magic carpets on bodega floors!


  2. Interesting that you quoted Ludwig Wittenstein because its his birthday today.

    “He was born into one of the richest families in Austro-Hungary, but gave his inheritance to his siblings, and several Austrian writers and artists, including Rainer Maria Rilke.”


  3. museconfuse

    What a great quote. It really makes me reflect on how people communicate with each other. Thanks for sharing.


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