May 05, 2004

James.Lileks.owns

Some more insight into this Ted Rall cartoon fiasco:
"Ted Rall's cartoons could have run in every paper every day since 9/11 and there will still be kids who saw Tillman's choice as a remarkable act. (Tillman's Choice: there's a phrase that sums up quite a lot, doesn't it?) People like Rall are sitting on the curb, feet in the gutter, watching the parade go past, smirking at the guy with the baton, sneering at the cheerleaders. Everyone else watching the parade thinks I wonder if there will be elephants! And when they do appear, he rolls his eyes. Elephants. How obvious.

You want to live like that? I don't want to live like that. Because when you see red all the time you miss things. My favorite panel of the cartoon had Tillman signing up and asking "Do I get to go kill Arabs." Of course Rall knows that it's not literally true, but it's true in some metaphysical sense, which makes it truer than reality itself. And it's a bitter joke, don't you know, because that's the unspoken subtext, isn't it? "
Damn. This guy's good. What makes this especially good is he's touched on something that I see in myself:
...when you see red all the time you miss things.
Life goes by too fast to miss things.