“The Sniper’s Rifle” by Jim Morrison

Image from Film: American Sniper

Image from Film: American Sniper

I confess that I have not seen “American Sniper” yet, but I am certainly aware of the controversy surrounding this film and plan to see it at some point. I try not to judge something based upon others’ opinions or media hype, but all the publicity made me think of a snippet of poetry from Jim Morrison’s The Lords and the New Creatures:

The sniper’s rifle is an extension of his eye.
He kills with injurious vision.

(p. 17)

This idea has haunted me for years. I think that it is impossible to act, no matter how impulsively, without envisioning the act first in your mind’s eye. This may just be a split second in some cases. We may not even be aware that we are envisioning an act before we commit it. But I firmly believe that every act and every event begins with a thought, and thought is creative, internal visualization. We can choose to have injurious vision, or healing vision, but make no mistake; reality is a direct result of our vision.


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4 responses to ““The Sniper’s Rifle” by Jim Morrison

  1. Love this Jeff. We often wonder how terribly evil crimes happen. I think they can never happen without a persistent fantasy of the act first. This is just as true for acts of passion and compassion too.

    Anyone who has ever fallen in love knows that fantasy plays a huge part of one’s desires and any bonding that might subsequently occur.

  2. Thought-provoking post… interesting distinction between envisioning and awareness. I think other factors come into play too (when we behave less than admirably). Biological, psych., social, and probably spiritual influences. But I agree that we have to strip down the layers and ask ourselves, “was it my fault?”