The bad feelings welled up in me when the shell-shocked soldier, who struggling to flee more horror and death had mortally wounded a young man, later asked the dead man’s friend if the wounded man was ‘all right.’ The shell-shocked soldier didn’t know the young man was dead below deck. When the dead man’s friend pauses I felt his internal struggle and I lost it in my own mind- the struggle when evil starts to misguide your passions; when he replies ‘yeah’ it was a revelatory lighting bolt- the wisdom and the mercy of it. The dead man is all right if you have faith in heaven and grace, or even if you have faith in the rippling effects of sacrifice and heroism. More than that, by releasing the shell- shocked soldier from that burden, the soldier may live again.
The fundamental freedoms Canadians should stand for as a country are freedom of conscience and speech, and to keep those freedoms and make them meaningful all citizens must practise patience to listen, fortitude to speak, temperance to be willing to temper our position, and charity to always think the best of others and give more of ourselves, so that everyone keeps their freedom
It’s about a man who lives his life like Alex Higgins played many of his snooker matches- every shot he loses a little more control and a little more position, making the next shot longer and more desperate and more unorthodox- you can’t keep your eyes off the next one, though, because you know he can make anything