if you believe Facebook…. we are all worshipping the war machine today.
Now…my Grandfather served in the Air Force during WWII. He was, in my eyes, always a hero. He was a reconnaissance man who worked hard to take photos of the enemy, allowing for tactical strikes, etc etc. He was a lucky man to survive that. Never sat around and told war stories. Told me in 1995 or so to never enter the service..because he believed it was going to be a messy decade and dangerous. He was not wrong..
As a Quaker…well. We believe there is that of God in everything….including your enemy. It makes killing a bit more of a debate. I really struggle with this. When we had the first Gulf war, I really was struck by the enormity of it. All around me there was a rush to “support the troops but not the war” This makes things very convenient. You can feel all gushy and patriotic…but supposedly at the same time…be against War efforts. Most people though when they got down to it, also supported the war, which was disappointing to me. I do support returning veterans, especially those that served in combat areas. Many of these vets joined the service as a stepping stone for a better life…and I can respect that. I can also respect those who chose not to serve. It takes actually a lot of guts to stand up to the Government and your peers and say, “No I believe this is wrong”. So, as far as war, and killing, I am against it. I do wish we had fewer people willing to “give all” for my freedom. If we had fewer enlistees, we might be a bit more careful with their lives…maybe.
That said, I think behind the sanctimonious memes…lots of people are doing the memorial day thing:
BBQ, shopping, and relaxation.
FOr my part…I went to Lucky’s Lake and had a swim. I got a horrible amount of water up my nose and it seems, into my sinus cavity. I am a bit concerned as the lake, like most in Florida, is known to have the Amoeba. So…I’ll be watching myself for symptoms.