Francis: What is on your mind? You seem troubled.
Paco: I’ve been reading a lot lately about this country’s many military adventures abroad, from drone bombings to funding various factions in other nations’ politics, to boots on the ground and air support in the sky.
Francis: That will put anyone in a sour state of mind. What has driven you to this morbid line of research?
Paco: I just wonder if there is such a thing as civilization, or if it is just a sham, a part we play while others engage in barbarism on our behalf.
Francis: Is there any point to talking in such categories these days? The whole dichotomy of primitive and civilized seems so…offensive.