reply to post by SGTChas
After battle, anything with the hint of alcohol tastes good!
And Sarge, did you HAVE to go and get CBianchi stirred up? You know how those Marines are! And have mercy on me - my father-in-law was a Marine -
correction - once a Marine, always a Marine.
They're all good boys - almost likeable! But touchy about that "Marine" thing. I about gave up bothering them. They just keep coming, and there
ain't no quit in them.
This Patriotism thing. It's not so much about definitions and ideals. It's more deep than that.
It's not right between the ears, it's right between the lungs.
An idealistic condition backed by belief, conviction, and action.
This requires one to empty himself at the moment it requires action. Can't have any baggage. Can't have any regrets. No second thoughts. Can't
have anything you fear or fear to lose.
Not even your life.
A truly free man is a man who is empty of that which he fears to lose. Thus he may throw himself into the task of the moment without fear, and thus
Empty. Not soulless - empty. Empty, it's all business.
I recollect even Jesus teaching a similar thing. A rich man wanted the promise, and was told to sell everything he had, and to follow.
He went away sad, as the young man had a lot. Couldn't part with it.
Empty, you can devote yourself to the task. That's duty. Patriotism is like a stained glass window, and duty is only one fragment. Other fragments
include devotion, selflessness, opportunity, dignity, honor, and a hundred other pieces.
This "me" generation - this "now" generation - this "selfish" generation - this "soft" generation - I fear that very soon, they're about to
get an entirely new education.
Those that survive will more fully understand Patriotism.
Nothing is free.
Patriotism is not free. It has a cost. A price to be paid.
That price will be paid up front, as you go, or at the end. But it will be paid - and paid in full.
Anything less - just words.
In the dark, alone, when no one can see, and it's only you, you'll know if you've bought in, or just play the words.
Too many profess patriotism, but too many consider themselves "saved" too. Not that I have any guarantees, but there's a whole passel of folks I
wouldn't want to share eternity with.
Nor a fight when true patriotism is required.