posted on Nov, 22 2012 @ 01:15 AM
Originally posted by grayghost
It is more about the dead and lost soldiers, like MIA or POWs. This world has gone to the sh__er. It seems all the younger people have lost their
common morality and dignity. I bet if they were drafted they would have more respect and compassion. I see so many young people ready to fight and
kill innocent people. It's almost like they like being a bad ass. But, if they had to serve in the armed forces and really get an understanding of a
real fight and combat - I really believe it would change the outlook on life.
Is there more honor in being a killed or lost soldier? I don't see how. No matter the title the soldier bears (s)he is still applying force
injudiciously, relying on just about the oldest way life has of changing others' minds - that is, by destroying the mind. At least those who
absolutely oppose war and violence attempt to change minds in ways that don't infringe upon others' ability to make up their minds for themselves.
Imagine if anti-war protestors employed the same tactics that soldiers used!
I am not suggesting that soldiers are deserving of disrespect; but rather, I'm saying that they deserve forgiveness more than respect. In the same
way, it is claimed that this girl used uncivilized, aggressive actions to direct her frustration at the wrong target! Don't you see how she is making
the same mistake that armed forces make? And yet, you can see that it would be misguided to respect her, and the most generous attitude you could
offer her is forgiveness.
Better yet, offer her your [term of convenience] ambivalence, because you [term of convenience] have no stake in the way that she chooses to
experiment with her life. Was she affecting you, or were you turning your critical eye upon her?
Lastly, I do not want an understanding of "real combat." I would rather respond with forgiveness to those who intend violence toward me. It would not
be moral or dignified of me to engage in a fight with somebody, just because they instigated one, would it?
That's just how I see it. I don't think I'm "right." I feel like you must be getting at something that I'm missing. Please don't be offended; I do
wonder the extend to which I have been de-humanized by my environment, as if it is sucking some vital energy from me, or blocking avenues of growth
that I don't know exist. I am interested in having more lucid thinking, and I hope to learn from you. (I also hope to show a little of the mindset of
"younger people," and perhaps convince you that it is good and dignified, albeit different).
edit on 22-11-2012 by Samtzurr because: Peace