"The rush of battle is a potent and often lethal addiction, for war is a drug."
-Chris Hedges, from the opening quote in “The Hurt Locker”
I was watching “The Hurt Locker” the other day. One of the things that struck me was the honest attempt at giving credit to the efforts of the soldiers fighting the war. While there will be the eternal question about whether the War on Terror was justified, both in terms of the intention as well as the methods, the truth remains, that barring a few bad eggs, the personnel involved are doing their job the best they can.
But moreover, there was a different point that struck me, something that the film was reaffirming all along.
The point is that when you come to the realization that you’re damn good at the job you do, when you know that you’re the expert, then your work is no longer a chore. Its a work of art, a masterpiece you end up filling with every masterful stroke and shade that you possibly can. Eventually for those who love their work, the work is a lethally addictive drug.