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“Leaving the wire” was a phrase that soldiers and marines used in Iraq when we would cross the physical boundary — usually marked by razor-sharp wire and blast walls — of a fire base or security perimeter to enter the so-called “red zone,” where anything could and would happen. By leaving the wire you crossed over from static or defensive operations — read passive — into kinetic or active operations. Beyond the wire you compromised security for action, encountered the Other, rode close to or over the edge. Many never returned. Death lived there.
I see civilization now leaving the wire — reluctantly pushed beyond a familiar, linear and positivist paradigm toward freedom, or death.
When the late, great Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., asked his son Mark Vonnegut what the hell our purpose was, Mark answered, “To help each other get through this thing, whatever it is.” To understand “Whatever it is,” one must first leave the wire.