Why We (All of Us) Fight

Photo: "Crazy Earl" (Kieron Jecchinis) in a scene from Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket (1987)

His voice had strengthened. He tipped his chin up, facing these inquisitors. We like, it occurred to me, being challenged. That little adrenal rush washes away a lot of problematics and puts our life on the line, where it wants to be. Better see red than be dead. We like a fight because it shoves aside doubt.

John Updike
Roger’s Version (1986)

Screen capture: “Crazy Earl” (Kieron Jecchinis) in a scene from Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket (1987)

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