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Honor, Freedom, and Future

by goehms In reply to Blogos Unbound

<p>I set up this blog a while back, but an infection from stepping on a nail led to a small partial amputation and all that got in the way of my posting material although I have written a lot of stuff for this forum. The following text I wrote yesterday. It began as a letter-to-the-editor in response to an article about Viet Nam veterans acting as airport greeters for our troops to ensure a different reception that the one they, the Viet Nam vets, recieved (or, more accurately, didn't receive). It proved too long for an acceptable "letter," so I decided it makes a good starting place for this blog.</p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>When I returned from <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Viet Nam</st1:place></st1:country-region> in 1972, I did not change out of my uniform at the airport. I walked then, as now, with recognizable military bearing, erect, shoulders squared, with my green beret, perhaps, at a jaunty angle, confident that, in good conscience, I had conducted myself with integrity under fire in the service of my country.</span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span><span>     </span>My own investigations of the history, the causes, the conduct, and the consequences of that war led me to privately oppose it. Recognizing that our world, our historical cultures and civilizations, yet requires the service of soldiers does not require accepting any real need for war. How sad that this twenty-first century has begun so poorly.</span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span><span>     </span>My lifetime of comprehensive study informs me that we humans already know enough to be able to do better if we only would. Meanwhile, those in the military who conduct themselves with integrity deserve our honor. The politicians who put them in harm's way deserve our scrutiny. Our children's children's children deserve our best efforts to find paths to a truly peaceful and prosperous world on our jewel planet, whose gleaming facets we blindly tarnish.</span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span><span>     </span>I am weary of war; I am weary of terrorism; I am weary of greed, and I am weary of sanctimonious infighting among rival religions in the name of their benevolent gods. Every morning, I throw off that weariness in the face of such a wondrous cosmogenesis, an ever-transforming opportunity to explore and come to know our own real being in this given world. The thought that any benevolent deity created this planet as a stage for evolved primates to strut and fight and ***** and grasp strikes me as the true theater of the absurd.</span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span><span>     </span>Those who believe--bless them--must ask, "Wouldn't God expect more?" T</span><span>hose who don't believe--bless them, too--must ask, in kind, "Shouldn't we </span><span>expect more?" Those who would turn the American Dream into a global nightmare </span><span>do no honor to the fallen soldiers, nor to those yet holding the banner aloft in the face of terror.</span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span><span>     </span>Forget the labels, forget the ideologies, forget even the personal insecurities about family and fortune. Embrace every day a self-reflecting consciousness, the startlingly emergent neurophysiology that somehow emboldens us humans to ask "why?" and answer "why not?" as we explore the nooks and crannies of nature, nurture, and scientific Gnosis and invent for ourselves a truly better future.</span></p>
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