Reading for Thursday, 5 March

And returning to the chaos that is Moscow, we see this vignette of the looting that was taking place. In a touch of irony, we’re reminded that for all the fear of the invading French, the Russians could do enough damage on their own. It is the Russians army that are doing most of the stealing here . . .

But this moral dilemma is interrupted by a far more drastic measure, as Russians townsfolks are threated with cannon fire . . .

I think there’s an element of truth in all of this. If our nation descended into chaos and was invaded by anyone, we could well do the worst damage to ourselves. For some people, an upset like this is not a time to band together but a time to get away with stuff that social boundaries keep in place.

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One thought on “One-Year War and Peace 11.21 – Descending Into Chaos

  1. Yes, I guess we see here how crisis and catastrophe brings out both the good and the bad in people – but, for me, it was the mad, almost hysterical, chaos that seemed to dominate this chapter the most – not only the physical chaos of Moscow at this time, but the moral chaos, the psychological chaos, of the people … the queenless beehive that Tolstoy spoke about in the previous chapter.

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