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Originally posted by Essan
I wear a poppy with pride
The day I am told to wear a poppy I will refuse to wear a poppy - and be proud.
Britons died in the past and continue to die so that we - and people in many other countries - do not live under fascism,
Originally posted by DrHammondStoat
Personally, the reason why i wouldn't wear a red poppie is the glorification of death in war. I have a number of direct ancestors that experienced war and I have always felt uneasy that we must focus on this blood sacrifice aspect that they had no way of avoiding. I think that in this day and age people have a choice in going to war, they are not conscripted, theyre mistaken in their motives. I would have no problem wearing a white poppy.
Has anyone stopped to question the symbolism of poppies? It's quite interesting. It links to Morpheus the 'Oneiroi' of Greek mythology and the empty tomb or cenotaph that is used in todays remeberance day rituals. Morpheus is connected to sleep and death, it's interesting that our officials lay wreaths of poppies at the cenotaphs to remember our dead. Quite creepy and morbid really. That is my problem with people blindly sporting the poppy.
This is because the corn poppy was one of the only plants that grew on the battlefield. It thrives in disturbed soil, which was abundant on the battlefield due to intensive shelling. During the few weeks the plant blossomed, the battlefield was coloured blood red, not just from the red flower that grew in great numbers but also from the actual blood of the dead soldiers that lay scattered and untended to on the otherwise barren battlegrounds.