Wednesday, September 24, 2008

taking a break


Lately I have been thinking about the story I am working on but not getting any actual writing done, at least not this week. I am doing a lot of reading and I am listening to a Great Courses Cd's in my car. All of this does indirectly help me with my story and even posting on the blog helps a little too.
The Great Courses CD I am listening to is about the Roman Empire around 200 BC. I am not going to write a synopsis on the Cd's but I am learning a lot. One thing that I found particularly disturbing aside from the usual torture and crucifixions was the brutal use of animals in war especially the elephant. On some level I knew it existed but this lecture was told in such away that I could imagine how brutal it all really was. Elephants were used in battle like tanks can you imagine? I couldn't until I heard the lecture and many poor elephants died in battle. When Hannibal fought and conquered the Romans, he started out with 42 elephants and only one creature survived that battle. The Romans made it there business to take these creatures down or be trampled on. I guess if you don't want to be flattened your going to kill all the elephants.
I am not sure why I am writing about this or if it is even interesting to read but that was what I learned today. Too bad we can't all take what we learn each day and use it for the betterment of mankind. War it all seems like such a waste of human and animal lives. I am tired to people dying in war and I wish, wish, wish we could find some world peace. I would be happy for one day of no violence anywhere in the world.

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