“Billy is spastic in time, he has no control over where he is going next, and the trips aren’t necessarily fun. He is in a constant state of stage fright, he says, because he never knows what part of his life he is going to have to act next” (p. 23).

In Kurt Vonnegut’s, Slaughterhouse-Five, the main character, Billy Pilgrim, travels through a time continuum, making numerous bizarre jumps from his past, to the his present — in the midst of war — and even to a time when he encounters things of the third kind, extraterrestrials. It is unknown if the reason he moves from various moments of his life, and even beyond, was due to the trauma of war, or was perhaps predisposed pre-war.

By no stretch of the imagination is it difficult to fathom that people change once they put on the uniform and begin fighting the battle. With the absence of normalcy and with war situated in its void, a bit of sanity may also become absent.

In thunder6’s blog, he covers a few points that warrant the toll paid of fighting for one’s country. He speaks of his commander, first giving background, painting a picture for the reader, and eventually telling us of his death. He says:

“In the face of such a stunning loss it is natural for your soul to grow weary, and for your mind to scream for what has been so violently ripped away.”

The reconstruction of Iraq with current state of the country can undoubtedly be considered a crisis. American soldiers, who at one time were ravishing the land, are now working in concert with Iraqi citizens to rebuild the nation. This reconstruction does not mean peaceful rebuilding, for the “war” wages on. Violence ensues, and with that minds may waver. Tralfamadorians may not swarm and time may not warp, but the equivalent is perhaps a constant stage of anxiety without the knowledge of what is coming next, if one will live to see another day, and how they are going to have to act the next day, or even next moment.

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