I'm not sure where all these comments of "talent" are coming from. I only heard snippets, but I never heard anything amazing. It's like Lady Gaga. No, not talented, just hyped. Anyway, live fast and die young.
"Loyalty only matters when there's a hundred reasons not to be-" Gen. Mattis
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- Colonel Paul YinglingNobody who wins a war indulges in a bifurcated definition of victory. War is a political act; victory and defeat have meaning only in political terms. A country incapable of achieving its political objectives at an acceptable cost is losing the war, regardless of battlefield events.
Bifurcating victory (e.g. winning militarily, losing politically) is a useful salve for defeated armies. The "stab in the back" narrative helped take the sting out of failure for German generals after WWI and their American counterparts after Vietnam.
All the same, it's nonsense. To paraphrase Vince Lombardi, show me a political loser, and I'll show you a loser.
"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"
Cicero Marcus Tullius
I'm not even a fan, obviously. But when people die at 27, it's shocking. When Heath Ledger died so young, it was heartbreaking. All that potential and talent; poof. Gone.
And some of us don't half love the people we particularly admire. I cried when Johnny Cash died. Of COURSE it was expected, so see how that doesn't work? I said "He won't last six months without June" and I was right. He didn't.