Set this up using 55 of my Mosin Nagant's 7.62x54 rounds on my kitchen floor.
Political commentary, against the idiocy of pacifism? Likely. Protest for some cause? Unlikely. An odd idea at 4:00 in the morning that seemed amusing? You got it.
Sadly, petty dictators, warlords, tyrants, and other glorified bullies are not know for their rationality or willingness to work things out. Violence should be the option of last resort and only after all practical avenues for peaceful resolution have been exhausted, and should never be taken lightly.
Dictators, warlords, tyrants et al can't make war without people fighting for them on their behalf, so to place the responsibility of war on the aforementioned thugs of society is a cop-out. It's an oversimplified argument when you take into account everything that is needed to make war happen - and by this I mean beyond that of just tyrants - I'm referring specifically to the business of war (Smedley Butler and his essay, War is a Racket), and the propaganda involved to rally the masses behind these campaigns (Joseph Goebbles).
Evolution only requires survival and reproduction, humanity is doing ok at the moment. Given that we have gone from continent spanning meat grinders claiming hundreds of thousands, to a stalemate with city-killer weapons that could have casualties in the megadeaths, to small scale conflicts within a hundred years, I would say we are doing pretty well.
Once upon a time, our heroic boys in uniform did their murder with psychopaths like George Custer raiding Indian villages at dawn on horseback at the head of scared shitless cavalrymen and cutting down women and children in the good old up close and personal way with sabers and carbines. Just a few years back, we had advanced to slaughtering equally defenseless Arabs at slightly safer range with helicopter gunships doing the killing. Now at last, our current generation of war heroes can do their dirt sitting comfortably at computer consoles with cans of Diet Pepsi at hand to ease their hard and heroic work. I understand that these John Wayne types don't even get to see the terrified faces of the human beings being murdered. So much easier. So much less stress. So much less danger of nasty side effects like PTSD.
Be proud to be an American if you are one... An exceptional nation beloved of a Christian God who is, of course, smiling at the righteousness of His servants.
I do applaud you for using the "War on Terror" in quotes, and may the stalemate you speak of continue as the bombs fall at the hands of a president that won the Nobel Peace Prize; a prize which has essentially become a requirement for being vetted by the corporate oligarchy.
For the record, regardless of the intention of your work, it lends itself to being interpreted a number of different ways by the viewer. I see this piece more from a dualistic standpoint and so from my perspective, I find it to be an insightful and progressive work. So while we might differ on the nature of the content being expressed, the fact that it provokes meaningful discussion makes it the powerful piece that it is.
No, its not "America," the United States is just one country in the larger Americas and does not speak for everyone (though it thinks it does.) It also is not supposed to be a christian nation… a whole mess of crazy death cult followers and corporate interests have hijacked the country and sent it into a tailspin.
I thought the whole peace prize to obama was a joke when I first heard it. Never will understand how the least batshit candidate wins you a medal, but in the US have to have a prize for everyone to reinforce the special snowflake mentality so no one's feelings get hurt.
Also, thank you. In the 8 years my picture has been up, this is the first meaningful conversation that I have had over it. You have no idea how much I appreciate it, and I am glad that I did not delete it the dozen or so times I considered it. Debate gives you a chance to understand the viewpoint of others and revisit your own; always been of the opinion that if there is to be any hope for an end to violence there needs to be a hell of a lot more talking going on.
The comment from one poster, Robert, was rather enlightening and I thought I'd pass it on:
We're all somebody's children. We're all victims of this never-ending nightmare, including the perpetrators themselves. It is within each of us to stop our participation in the violence. Hatred, no matter how seemingly righteous, is one of the first steps on the road to war. No one can walk both the road of peace and the road of war simultaneously: each of us has to choose which we will follow. Peace is the road less travelled but of the two it is the richer and, in these dark times, the harder. Choose wisely.
Hello! I would like to notify you that I've featured you on my surreal and abstract art blog over on Tumblr. Your work really fits the theme, and you can see it on artagainstsociety.tumblr.com. Of course, I have given you credit and linked to your page. If for any reason you don't want it published any longer, just send me a message and I'll delete it pronto. Thanks, and congratulations! Your art is beautiful. Please note: If you don't see your art right away on my blog, it is probably still in the queue and has yet to be posted.
mosin nagant is such a well made rifle. too bad they made the 50 cal rifle that outplays it. but you can never kill the classics. ^^
Thank you very much for the comment & +fav.
As far as appreciation, underappreciation doesnt bother me. I dont consider myself to be a real artist, Im a biologist. I only post things that... amuse me. If I recieve comments, +favs, etc. its just like adding garnish to a nice meal: its nice but not really a necessary thing.
Glad you like it
Wish I had more ammunition handy to make it look more interesting.