Posted by Marcia on August 18, 1998 at 13:36:02:
In Reply to: Re: Robert Rogers posted by Petra on August 18, 1998 at 12:26:48:
: I was out of the room for a brief moment and my daughter repeated that sentence when I came in with a big question mark in her voice.
: Of course it's sad.
And even sadder for your daughter to try to come to terms with, I would imagine.
>And maybe it was the same vice versa, young Indian boys dreaming about their first kill, I don't know. But that sentence didn't strike me as anything surprising at all, that's for sure. That attitude seems to have been widespread.
I am sure you are right on this point, and nothing we can do or say today will change any of the wrongs of yesterday. But there was just something about that being the "goal" of a young boy that really brought it home to me in a way completely different from seeing portrayals of MEN, red or white, fighting each other over various issues. Again, this is not meant to be a putdown of Rogers, himself, or anyone else living during that time...merely an observation on the way it apparently was. Something, perhaps, that we can only touch on understanding, coming from the perspective of this very different era. (And yet, even though we are in a whole different world, for SOME, the more things change, the more they stay the same. Who can explain the Human Condition, eh?)
And that's as serious and pseudo-profound as I can get today...must go do something more light-hearted for a bit!
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