Doc Merc Over at Maggie’s

FARM HAS GOT the NCIS bug, and he’s fallen for it bad. (That’s good.) He puts up a thoughtful essay every week. (Here’s the latest.) The essays insight (pun int) a brief if lively discussion from fans of Maggie’s who are also NCIS fans. Yes, you can get at least two circles on any Venn diagram to intersect on the Innertubez.

I mention that to mention this:

In a past episode, Mossad Director Eli David (Michael Nouri), the father of hot-cha Mossad assassin, Ziva David (Cote de Pablo), asks NCIS Director Leon Vance (Rocky Carroll), “Tell me, Leon. Are we winning?” Meaning the fight of free societies against the howling darkness of nihilism and chaos, but more generally the fight of good against evil.

Vance’s answer dances on the edge of being cute.

The real answer, I think, is that “we” are not, cannot, and will never be “winning.” The best we can expect is to fight evil to a draw. Evil, like the poor, is with us always. But what is definitely for certain is this: if we stop fighting, we will most assuredly lose.

And that’s your thought for this, the first day of the rest of your life.

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