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Originally posted by artistpoet
The Parable Of The Old Man And The Young
by Wilfred Owen - Soldier and poet
So Abram rose, and clave the wood, and went,
And took the fire with him, and a knife.
And as they sojourned both of them together,
Isaac the first-born spake and said, My Father,
Behold the preparations, fire and iron,
But where the lamb for this burnt-offering?
Then Abram bound the youth with belts and straps,
And builded parapets and trenches there,
And stretchèd forth the knife to slay his son.
When lo! an Angel called him out of heaven,
Saying, Lay not thy hand upon the lad,
Neither do anything to him, thy son.
Behold! Caught in a thicket by its horns,
A Ram. Offer the Ram of Pride instead.
But the old man would not so, but slew his son,
And half the seed of Europe, one by one.
Originally posted by phantomjack
I feel bad for soul-less people like yourself.
Poor, poor, kittens. A kitten's life is all you can come up with? That is pretty empty.
Have you nothing better to do than to waste your time posting such an empty statement that says absolutely nothing and only exemplifies your anger and disappointment with your own very life?
Originally posted by EvanB
Thank me for my service?
I get to go on kick-ass world trips on your taxes!
I fricken LOVE being a keen, green, fighting machine!
Swift, silent and deadly..
I get to wear cool clothes and blow crap up..
Seriously I love it!
Im not even joking..edit on 30-4-2012 by EvanB because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by Jepic
The big problem I have with America is their two-faced game. Claiming to be good yet really being the bad guys.
It's pathetic, petty and cowardly.
That's why I don't respect them. Because two-faced things are lowest of the low and not to be respected.
Not very funny, I had a friend who worked at the cafeteria, soldiers do not have special blood. My closest friends thought they could woo the girls with their uniforms. If you can't charm them..
Originally posted by phantomjack
Originally posted by Wonders
How astute! Why yes, those were my words, thank you so much for giving me the credit due to me and not praising me in honor and thanksgiving. Eventually the clock strikes twelve for all honorable soldiers and they are turned back into civillians, humans, praised by many, but not so much by the few who truly know who we are, we are not above reproach!
Originally posted by usmc0311
reply to post by Wonders
I never said that the Marines are superior or that the military members are saviors. Those are your words not mine so please don't put words into my mouth as I would not do that to you.
I'd rather help those who need help, those NOT getting Veterans Benefits.
I help all who need help regaurdless if they recieve benifits or not. And just so you know, It is not very easy to live off veterans benifits in todays world so yes even those who have benifits need help.
just don't forget to remind them every so often that you are ex-military, it gives you SO MUCH MORE respect in the eyes of the Soldier Worship Team.
Again your words, not mine or any military member that has participated in this discussion, well except for you because you said you have been in the Army.
I am about to post my true feelings on here, so please don't thank me for having intestinal fortitude for I am not impressed by flattery.
All I meant was it took guts to come out and say what he did here on ATS knowing the opposition he would face. You may say flattery because you see us all as this clique that conspires together to force the belief that we are better than others and that we expect the public to treat us like gods. But just because you believe that does not make it true. So that's all I have to say about that. And thank you for your service as well.
And I should add, I said flattery because that's what it is, flattery for personal gain, maybe you aren't familiar with sarcasm and satire. I do not see "us all" as this clique that conspires together, but there IS a clique that consipires to burn it into our subconscious that being a Soldier is of the highest good. It is not.edit on 10/01/11 by Wonders because: To add.
The only time the clock strikes twelve for a soldier is upon his/her death. Once a soldier, always a soldier. You don't just quit your job, once you leave active service. You are always bread with the courage it took for you to enlist in the first place.
Its funny how some people think that being a soldier is like working at McDonalds or something.
A soldier can flip burgers, yes...but a burger flipper does not necessarily have the blood to be a soldier.