War & Peace - Spring 2012
Discussion question


Background

    1. First of all, think about what your definitions of "war' and "peace" might be. Whatever your response, the absence of war must surely be minimally necessary for peace. I would argue that we should go further than that to include all forms of strife, conflict, dispute, and other synonyms. We are not currently at war with Iran, but I don't think we are at peace with them either.
    2. Some of you have described the book On the Beach was described as "depressing", since we all die. And since your narratives about the end of the Age of Stars parallel the book then I presume you could regard them as equally depressing.

Question

    Suppose I argue the following So, is On the Beach not depressing after all?

Response

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