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He looked over to Kien and said gently, “So, you’re off to the war? Not that I can prevent you. I’m old, you are young. I couldn’t stop you if I wanted to. I just want you to understand me when I say that a human being’s duty on this earth is to live, not to kill.” Then he said, “Taste all manner of life. Try everything. Be curious and inquire for yourself. Don’t turn your back on life.”

The Sorrow of War, Bao Ninh

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