War and Peace – a Jungian Thing

Conflict In Context - Field Notes


Colonel: Marine, what is that button on your body armor?Sergeant Joker: A peace symbol, sir.

Pogue Colonel: Where’d you get it?

Sergeant Joker: I don’t remember, sir.

Pogue Colonel: What is that you’ve got written on your helmet?

Sergeant Joker: “Born to Kill”, sir.

Pogue Colonel: You write “Born to Kill” on your helmet and you wear a peace button. What’s that supposed to be, some kind of sick joke?

Sergeant Joker: No, sir.

Pogue Colonel: What is it supposed to mean?

Sergeant Joker: I don’t know, sir

Pogue Colonel: You don’t know very much, do you?

Sergeant Joker: No, sir

Pogue Colonel: You’d better get your head and your ass wired together, or I will take a giant shit on you.

Sergeant Joker: Yes, sir.

Pogue Colonel: Now answer my question or you’ll be standing tall before the man.

Sergeant Joker: I think I was trying to suggest something about the duality of man, sir.

Pogue Colonel: The what?

Sergeant Joker: The duality of man. The Jungian thing, sir.

Pogue Colonel: Whose side are you on, son?

Sergeant Joker: Our side, sir.

Pogue Colonel: Don’t you love your country?

Sergeant Joker: Yes, sir.

Pogue Colonel: Then how about getting with the program? Why don’t you jump on the team and come on in for the big win?

Sergeant Joker: Yes, sir.

Pogue Colonel: Son, all I’ve ever asked of my marines is that they obey my orders as they would the word of God. We are here to help the Vietnamese, because inside every gook there is an American trying to get out. It’s a hardball world, son. We’ve gotta keep our heads until this peace craze blows over.

Sergeant Joker: Aye-aye, sir.

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How would we replace the words “gook” and “American” to fit today’s “War on Terror”? 

‘Inside every Muslim is a Christian trying to get out’?

‘Inside every humble impoverished Somali is a Republican golfer trying to get out’? 

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