(Note to mods; please do not delete. This isn't a response to any one single thread; it's a general reaction about the culmination of military
attitudes that I've observed on here)
I've been reading a lot of different threads from angry soldiers, who perceive that they are attacked by civilians, on this forum. I've also read
threads where civilians have tried to explain to the troops why our attitude towards you is the way it is; I've even written a couple of them
Yet even after all this, I've found that a single question remains. In all of my observation of the military, both here and pretty much everywhere
else, the one thing I've observed is an overwhelming tendency for soldiers to view themselves as literally being the epitome of the human race. I
know that this attitude seems to be particularly strong among the American Marines; although given my observation of them as one specific
organisation, in their case it is difficult for me to entirely disagree with it.
My grandfather was a bomber pilot in WW2, and went on to become a wealthy airline pilot in civilian life. He had four sons; my father and three
uncles. All four of them and their children, literally posthumously worshipped the ground Jack (my grandfather) walked on; and as a result of this, I
was essentially raised to believe that being a civilian meant inherently being a second class citizen, even though, for a number of reasons (physical,
neurological, and psychological) becoming a soldier was never even a remote possibility for me.
This lack of self worth on my own part, with regards to being a civilian, is sufficiently strong that it actually shows up very clearly in my
astrological natal chart, for those who know how to interpet such things. I remember that when I was diagnosed with PTSD in 2002, as a result of my
experiences with the education system, I felt as though I'd won the lottery, as sick as that might sound; because I know that PTSD is one of the
archetypical military disorders, so that allowed me to feel as though in some small way, I was a little bit more like you. I came reasonably close to
being killed a couple of times between 1997 and 2007, as well; and that felt good after the fact, as well; for the same reason.
I get the feeling that most of the soldiers here feel that way as well. You basically seem to view your identity in relation with civilians as being
parental, almost as though we're children and you're adults; with the further assertion, perhaps, that well-behaved children do not speak unless
spoken to, and unquestioningly do as they are told. Given my own upbringing, I'm experiencing cognitive dissonance where that is concerned, because
part of me actually believes it as well, and I rail against it.
I feel that the court room exchange between Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson in A Few Good Men
was a particularly clear and powerful, archetypical
representation of the relationship between civilians and the military. I've had a large number of arguments with troops during my years online, that
have essentially mirrored it.
In the end, though, I've realised that this actually isn't your fault. Neither of us are to blame, here. The government
trains you to
think about yourselves that way, because they want you to be distant from us, and to have a negative relationship with us. This is because they
actually want to be able to use you against us. I know that most of you don't think this, because the government trained you and gives you your
orders, as well as in most cases, providing you with the means to live; but the government is actually the common enemy of both you and us.
As civilians, we want to believe that we can have worth in our own right; and that being a soldier isn't the only occupation in existence where a
person's actions can have value. That doesn't mean that we want you to feel worthless either; but I get the feeling that the fact that so many of us
look up to you, and particularly unconsciously, is the reason why we rail against you as much as we do. Deep down, we share your
opinion that we are worthless in comparison with you, and it really hurts.
All criticism aside, we also do need you to protect us from the government, and at the moment, you're not doing that. The government sends you to
other countries in order to help it make money, and then lies to you, that what you are doing is helping us. It isn't. While you're away, the
government progressively disarms us more and more, and then when we're defenseless, sends the police (who themselves are increasingly more and more
armed) to bash, kill, and falsely arrest us.
I'll never forget one story I read online, about one particular Occupy protest, that had a Marine unit that was actually willing to serve it as a
military escort against the police, if necessary. That
in our opinion is your real duty to us; and we want to see you doing it a lot
more often. If you were to do that, rather than continually going overseas and committing attrocities there in order to help corporations make money,
you would find that our opinion of you would become much higher, and much more positive, than it already is.
The civilian population are not the military's enemy. Neither are the civilian populations of other countries. It's the government.
16-3-2012 by petrus4 because: (no reason given)