Soon: Chapter 1: Paul’s Ph.D.
There are two topics that are consuming the next few pages (and the comments section!): Paul’s religious studies, and World War III. They both feed into each other, so I have just decided to tackle the Ph.D. first.
So, Paul and Jae met in graduate school…
…just after Paul had left the army’s top secret, elite counterterrorist strike unit, Delta Force. He had joined the army to honor his father, who had been killed in World War III when Paul was an infant. Despite his obvious proclivity for it, the military wasn’t much of a career since there was little armed conflict in the world anymore…
No worries, readers. Paul may have left the Army, but it wasn’t because he was some sort of unmanly wuss who couldn’t hack it. He just couldn’t fight enough to suit him, like a man oughta.
By the way, is it really such a great thing to have “obvious proclivity” for something that “wasn’t much of a career”? It’s such an odd little non sequitor to put those two phrases next to each other, though at least it is a way of telling us twice that hey, never fear, Paul liked shooting stuff. They just didn’t let him shoot enough.
A world without armed conflict? Score another one for This World Rocks.
[Paul’s mother] had taught him that every war stemmed from the fairy tales of religious extremists and that the most rewarding career he could choose would be one in which he helped maintain an intellectual, humanistic society that eschewed both religion and war.
An intellectual, humanistic society?
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again–those atheist bastards!!!
Good use of RTC buzzwords, though, Jenkins. “Fairy tales” is always a winner.
I don’t think I’ve met an atheist, no matter how “militant,” who would say that all wars are caused by religion. Most people have a good enough sense of history and perspective to also recognize the contributions of power, corruption, land, and money.
Paul dreamed of a corporate job, but when his Ph.D. in religious studies didn’t open those doors, Jae urged him to pursue the NPO.
What, a degree in religion didn’t lead Paul to corporate power and instant wealth? Why, I’m shocked! I mean, heck, these days when you major in religion, you can write your own ticket on Wall Street, so especially in a world where religion has been outlawed, how can you blame Paul for thinking that…
Oh. Never mind.
So, Paul joins the NPO, which is had risen from the ashes of the FBI and CIA after World War III. He travels all over the world, teaching and consulting and banging as many half-drunk coworkers as he possibly can.
Two more things to note:
Studying the world’s major religions had introduced [Paul] to a broad range of cultures, background that proved invaluable when investigations drew him or his colleagues overseas.
Yeah, keep your eyes open for instances when Paul demonstrates a working knowledge of other cultures. Then, chug like crazy.
Also: Paul has never read the Book of Revelation. Needless to say, this turns out to be Very Significant later.