To This Diamond & Golden Rose
What your about to read, is not directed at any one particular person...just thoughts which Golden Rose sparked in my mind this morning and felt a desire to express.
Thank you "Golden Rose" for bringing such courageous men to our attention.What you’re doing is a good thing and praises the men who sacrificed their lives so bravely for the freedom of other human beings.Commendable and caring.
"This Diamond"...this is my perspective on your question adding much more of my thoughts and reservations.
Back then, I believe people were a little different.…it wasn’t about the almighty dollar bill and what sells, then, there was more concentration on human beings, concern for neighbors, friends and relatives and respect for their privacy, as well.
Courtesy then, seemed to be a real working word.Morals and self respect was a part of our culture, as was sharing and considerations for others…decisions were made then, for the good of the people, not the good of their pocket books, I believe?
Now, it’s such a mixed up crazy world…
As I struggle with wars and their purpose and remember all I’ve read about them, they’ve existed since the beginning of time and part of each generation.Wars are ugly monsters.Heinous things happen, which would not happen under normal circumstances.But, war is not a “normal circumstance”.They say wars makes men out of boys…I disagree.How can any young man in their late teens, early twenty’s be prepared for what they are about to encounter, see and live?
We must remember and take a step back for a moment.When we were young, we didn’t always make the best decisions with “consequences for our actions in mind”.Lest I sound contradictive,I do believe then, we possessed a little more fear of what would befall us, (out of respect for our parents) more so, then our children today.But I do remember making some very unwise decisions then, as well. We’ve somehow lost the wisdom of cause and effect in our community here in the US, and forgetting about the consequences which will befall others due to our actions and decisions.
I find the mellowing years of my life have made me, shall we say, less tolerant *S*….war my friends is an ugly thing…it makes our soldiers endure and see such things that we could never begin to imagine, and people do indeed suffer and die.
War changes men, the anger, hostility and wanton to get even builds.What great responsibility we place onthe younger members of our society, while fat politicians sit back and expect? I cannot imagine what I would feel & do if in their shoes, at 22 years old, knowing that the future of my country might well fall if I failed, not to mention the peer pressure of my fellow soldiers and those in charge of battle.I would be completely at their mercy and might very well feel compelled to follow the group, even if against every fiber of my belief.
None of us bear in mind what they must be experiencing over there.Whose command they are under?They are out of our safe havens away from the warm arms of family, friends & for the first time in their lives, being introduced to areal world, so to speak, a not so good world.They are forced to befriend their fellow soldiers as brothers and we’d better hope the others have some moral upbringing, who else do they have, not to mention…go along with the crowd, and if they don’t I’d hate to think of the consequences they’d be forced to face.Now, lest we consider, they’ve been trained to kill in order to survive.
I’m not condoning what is presently going on, by any means…what I’m saying is, war is an ugly heinous event which scars, abuses, mames and murders.There are casualties in every degree.War thinks not about anything but survival…all else becomes secondary and must.
Never-the-less, we do indeed need a president and a people who will fight terrorism, but I struggle with the real reasons why we are over there.You know, it was so soon after 9-11 and we were all shocked and in disbelief.We wanted revenge and were blood thirsty for someone to pay for what occurred; we wanted an eye for an eye, didn’t we?
You cannot take a culture that has been conditioned for thousands of years and expect them to think like we do?No two people ever think alike and so be it with other countries.We have the highest divorce rate today, and yet, we expect, literally expect other countries to think like we do?????
Yes, I am very happy we tore down Hussein’s regime of hate crimes and torture, but one thing bothers me and stays with me.How can you possibly straighten out another person’s home…when your own home is a bloody mess?(The USA)
I’m happy we went over there and freed innocent woman, men and children, but we will never be able to change their culture and must wonder who will be next to step into Hussein’s position?There will be another, and another, you know.
So what do you do?Blow the entire country to smithereens, simply b/c we do not think and feel as them?
And please don’t misunderstand, I’m not making light of terrorisum.But,what is the answer…..how do you prevent other countries from making bombs that kill?Especially when we, and other countries, sold weapons to them that they are using today, black market?
What are the answers when all decisions are made from the lust of money and what’s in it for me? Oh my, where does a new beginning start.You’ve got so many people in this country who are walking zombies, so unaware of what’s really going on, pretending that we’re living in a moral and good world and every other country is the bully, heck, not us, how could we be?
Right now we are so vulnerable to viruses and there has been no major research…let alone any other disease, hasn’t anyone asked themselves why?
We have thousands of people in this country illegally, with no sense of duty to community, yet will take anything free that is given them with no humble abode.Mind you, I’m not saying everyone is a bad people.There is good and bad in every country.But…when you allow yourself to be a victim, people will take advantage, it’s human nature.
Our jails have become safe havens for prisoners to go to get out of cold weather, to retain a college degree? They house tiled floors and work out rooms, computers and the like.They should be feared places where no man would want to go!
We slap people on the hands for murders and say, take away the guns that will stop crime.I think not!
Most law suits in court today should be thrown out of court…but, anything for a quick buck, right?
There is a great lack of emphasis on education, not to mention, if we entered another country and wanted to live there, we would be expected to not only respect their rulesbut their language, as well????No other country on the face of this earth is as lenient as we are.
We have become intolerant to the ideas of others and way too liberal with our thinking.We look to blame instead of owning up to the fact that yes, I did it, I was wrong, yes I lied. Which opens another can of worms on the word honesty, self-respect and fidelity to self?
There are very insecure people/leaders in positions today, who are literally afraid to hire someone who knows more then they do, so they hire someone who knows less, which filters down within the system and right to the top.Incompetence and unethical behavior, lack of education, values and morals.If you treat your employees like thieves they will rob you blind!
We laugh at things we should deem immoral and corrupt…unacceptable behavior!
Our school systems are tearing down the possibilities for American Citizens & the culture we represent.
It isn’t about the best man for the job anymore, it’s who you are, and what you lack, which awards any position today.
This is the year 2004 and do you realize how many people are in this country who cannot speak English, let alone read or write??????Speech is an insult to society, the slang and slurs which cannot be understood????
Oh my, I could go on and on….I suppose what I’m trying to say is this…and once again I reiterates.
How can we fix things in other countries, when we cannot fix things in our own?You can’t!You will have irresponsible leaders, bad decision making and a lack of education, both morals and tactical.Oh my, all I can think of is, poor poor Mr. Colin Powell.That man must be loosing his hair.
Sorry, had to articulate my feelings….hope that no one was offended…but…it’s time we stand up and be counted.Demand the people we are paying to run this country b/c we’re way to lazy to get involved and say, how can I make a difference.Believe me, they’re living in the lap of luxury, pocketing all our money, and doing way too little for the good of man and society in the name of “In God We Trust”.They tackle little idiot issues to keep us thinking they’re doing their jobs…the media blows everything way outa proportion b/c they need to fill they’re time space and there doesn’t happen to be any heart stopping news today????We watch way too much TV?????
We’re way to fat, our children are obese….physically and metaphorically!Why?Did our children today, ever hear of kick the tin can?
Cell phone annoy me to no end, and it’s so confounded rude to put someone on hold to receive another call.
I find it rude to go grocery shopping and being forced to walk aside of a woman who is talking her life over on the phone right next to me???There is nothing personal or sacred anymore?
And when it comes to Sexual behavior…well, in my opinion, we should be ashamed!
Now, take these kind of mentality, and give it a gun and tell it to go out and kill your enemy.
In my book, that is a receipt for disaster?Whose fault is it really?It starts right there with me and you right at the beginning and filters on through.What ever decision you make, what action you implement, is going to have an effect…and it doesn’t take very long.
I believe these are all things we really need to think about…we really need to wake up…because if we don’t, we are going to be in for a rude awakening very soon.Not to mention…what is it going to be like for the next generation?It’s not hopeless, but it certainly does need some adjusting. Laws do not always seem fair, but they are there for a good reason, and today, laws don’t mean a thing regarding politicians, attorneys, stars or anyone with any powerful assets!Laws do not pertain to the rich and famous!How insulting!
Now, how in the world did the price of homes skyrocket as they did, and where is all that money coming from to buy those homes….and why are people buying them, paying that kind of price for them.Oh, yes, my friend, there is and will be a price for a home that costly.You know who will suffer?The children, being raised latch key, feeling as if they have no parents.Is it worth keeping up with the Joneses?
I’m going to end this essay with one question…I was very moved with Golden Rose’s tribute to all the men who have lost their lives fighting for the very things we lack in this country today.I cannot help but ask myself…if they were here now, if God sent them down to see what we’ve become…do you think they would deem their loss a cause and effect worthwhile.I don’t know about you, but I’m very embarrassed, disgusted and ashamed.There you have it Universal Studios/Walt Disney, why not make that a serious movie in the name of entertainment? So the world who they really are?And please forgive, not trying to be sarcastic or angry, but tell the truth and stand up for what I believe in.
Thank you kindly for taking the time to read and to Golden Rose and This Diamond for the insight, perspective and courage to write this.