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Senior Narrative 3rd Quarter

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Toni Taylor

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Multi-Genre Senior Narrative
A belief that rejects the use of violence.
Many pacifists are opposed either to certain wars or to all wars.
But in its strictest sense, pacifism means opposition to all violence--even in self-defense--and is called nonresistance.
During WWI, the meaning of the term shifted & it came to represent the opposition to all wars, called absolute pacifism
Many pacifists, wheteher they are religious or not, consider the use of force as degrading to human nature.
Pacifists object to the unreasonable and destructive elements of war.
Deliberate sacrifice of oneself, especially by fire.
Norman Morrison
Time Magazine Article
November 12, 1965

At 5:15 one afternoon last week, Norman Morrison, 31, his clothing doused in kerosene and his youngest child, 18-month-old Emily, cradled in his arms, stood outside the river entrance to the Pentagon and burned himself to death. As hundreds of departing officers and civilian workers watched--no photographers were on the scene--Army Major Richard Lundquist grabbed the child away from the flames. Army Lieutenant Colonel Charles Johnson, who had seen two Buddhists incinerate themselves on the streets on Saigon, and two Air Force sergeants tried to smother the flames with coats and jackets. By the time an ambulance arrived, 70% of Morrison's body was burned. He was declared dead on arrival at Fort Myers Army Dispensary.

Morrison's self immolation, his wife Anne soon explained, expressed "his concern over the great loss of life and human suffering caused by the war in Viet Nam. He was protesting our government's deep military involvement in this war." The suicide ended a life centered on religion since boyhood. Morrison was born in Erie, PA. When he was 13, his widowed mother moved the family to Chautauqua, N.Y., where he became the first youth in the county to win the Boy Scout God and Country Award. He was raised a Presbyterian, but gradually became interested in Quaker beliefs, particularly pacifism, while a student at Wooster College. He later studied at a Presbyterian seminary in Pittsburgh and at the University of Edinburgh, and joined the Society of Friends in 1959. Since 1962, he had been executive-secretary of the Stony Run Friends Meeting in Baltimore. In recent months, Morrison had been deeply disturbed about U.S. bombing in Viet Nam, although colleagues detected no outside sign of a psychosis that might explain his death.
Norman Morrison
by David Ferguson

Not an unhappy man
but one who could not stand
in the silence of his mind
the cathedral
emptied of its ritual
and sounding about his ears
like a whirlwind.

He cradled the child awhile
then set her down nearby
and spoke in a tongue of flame
near the Pentagon
where they had no doubt.

Other people's pain
can turn so easily
into a kind of play.
There's beauty
in the accurate
trajectory. Death
conscripts the mind
with its mysterious
Norman Morrison by Adrian Mitchell

On November 2nd 1965
in the multi-coloured multi-minded
United beautiful States of terrible America
Norman Morrison set himself on fire
outside the Pentagon.
He was thirty-one, he was a Quaker,
and his wife (seen weeping in teh newsreels)
and his three children
survive him as best they can.
He did it in Washington where everyone could see
people were being set on fire
in the dark corners of Vietnam where nobody could see.
Their names, ages, beliefs and loves
are not recorded.
This is what Norman Morrison did.
He poured petrol over himself.
He burned. He suffered.
He died.
That is what he did
in the white heart of Washington
where everyone could see.
He simply burned away his clothes,
his passport, his pink-tinted skin,
put on a new skin of flame
and became
Man Burns Self to Death at Pentagon, Baby in His Arms Saved From the Fire Before Hundreds
--Washington Post November 3, 1965
Baby of Quaker Escapes Unharmed
--New York Times November 3, 196
Morrison's Macabre Act of Protest Almost Included the Sacraficial Murder of His Own Baby Daughter
--Newsweek November 3, 1965
Norman Morrison
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