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JFK Letter: ‘War Is a Dirty Business’

"I’ve had a great time here, everything considered, but I’ll be just as glad to get away from it for a while. I used to have the feeling that no matter what happened I’d get through. It’s a funny thing that as long as you have that feeling you seem to get through. I’ve lost that feeling lately but as a matter of fact I don’t feel badly about it. If anything happens to me I have this knowledge that if I had lived to be a hundred I could only have improved the quantity of my life, not the quality. This sounds gloomy as hell. I’ll cut it. You are the only person I’m saying it to.

As a matter of fact knowing you has been the brightest point in an already bright twenty-six years…"

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Moving letter.

Moving letter.

The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire. - Heinlein

It's hard to imagine a

It's hard to imagine a president that actually understands the realities of war and the lives that it affects. Now they are out of touch with humanity. JFK's experience of war brought the most valuable lesson of life and death to him at my age (as it does to many others who have been through such an experience)... That life is about the relationships with people most important to oneself. He states this clearly in the last line of the letter: "As a matter of fact knowing you has been the brightest point in an already bright twenty-six years..."

I wonder how heavily his own experience of war (and humanity) weighed in his square-off with the USSR during the heat of the Cuban Missile Crisis. My guess is that his real-life, educated decisions averted a massive, horrific war.

"The purpose of morality is to teach you, not to suffer and die, but to enjoy yourself and live." -Ayn Rand

Double-entendre?

Double-entendre?

The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire. - Heinlein

Precisely :-)

Precisely :-)

"The purpose of morality is to teach you, not to suffer and die, but to enjoy yourself and live." -Ayn Rand