Nuclear Holocaust

“Doubt besets us, William. What will we feel in our hearts when the atomic light burns the retinas in their eyes and makes their skin blister? Will we empathize with their suffering or derive a morbid schadenfreudesque pleasure from their suffering?”
“I don’t care much at all, Siegfried. All I want is to see new starbirths in our sky and their awesome destructive power unleashed upon humanity!”
“I don’t know. I do hate the loss of human life, but the curiosity inside stirs my spirit in twisted expectation of the wanton wholesale slaughter, Will.”
“Let them burn. Let it all be consigned to the pyre of human folly!”

Memento Mori

“We were caught unawares – nevermore, never again. To show mercy to the Janub is to profane humanity.” – General Torgald, before the slaughter at Yirnam

What is it to die? Does some immortal part of us pass through the invisible veil of this material realm, to the great unknown – or is it just a simple cutting of the thread, an end of a story, a flat-line? What is it to commit suicide then, to consciously end the state of being of oneself?

The thoughts rushed through Bartholomew’s mind like a hurricane. Semi-coherent, unformed things that slashed at his psyche like razorblades. A tall, slender man of pale complexion, he sat on the unkempt bed of his one-room apartment staring at the small glass table with an empty glare. His eyes were light brown, but the spark of life in them was not present. If someone were to look at his expression of utter resignation illumined by streetlamps, would cause them a great discomfort. Clothed with simple jeans and a t-shirt, his ash-blonde hair disheveled, the sharp lines of his visage adorned by a several-day stubble, he resembled a grotesque statue of once-a-man. A man, who in all essential sense, was no more. An empty husk, devoid of that untouchable, immaterial thing which makes one human.

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Palm Sunday

What happens when the one you love is blown to kingdom come? What does it do to the soul of the one who had suffered such loss? Does he hoist the black flag and start slitting throats in righteous vengeance?

When will this madness end? With the utter annihilation of the other?

With each passing day, I wonder.

May the innocent rest in peace.

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