And the general sat
And the lines on the map moved from side to side
The people who start the war give orders, but aren’t out there doing the fighting. Human beings are dying on the whims of the generals, but the generals are detached from that fact because they sit in cushy offices just watching the lines on the map going side to side. The lines are moving side to side because people are dying.
Lines on the map move because nations fight and change boundaries. They’re emphasizing the fact that entire lives, economies, cultures are shifted on the whims of a few people in suits, and to us ordinary men, this has no more significance than the shifting of lines on a map.
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