Rippling Over Time

May 3, 2008

News flash: A Civil War cannonball kills a relic collector 140 years after it was fired near Richmond, Virginia.

Analysis: Wars don’t end when peace is declared; the weapons fight on.

Would the soldier who lit the cannon’s fuse done so had he recognized the potential consequences rippling out over Time . . . consequences (collector’s son fatherless, wife widowed) that have triggered yet more ripples with effects unknown?

Votes cast in elections create ripples, too.

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