Thursday, November 11, 2010

War And Peace

There is no doubt in anyone's mind that peacefully is the best way to live. Unfortunately, the world we live in is one in which war is a fact of life, and is often necessary.  Throughout human history, war shows up in each stage, and our current peaceful life is an unusual calm in comparison to the last few thousand years.

The past two generations are ones completely unaccustomed to major war, or indeed any hardship.  Our grandparents, who came through very hard times, have a special advantage that the rest of us don't.  They learned special skills, and obtained a level of maturity that is pretty much unseen in the youth of today.

Compare the young adults of today, spending their time playing video games, and protected on all sides by the hedge of Mommy and Daddy, with the ones of the early to mid 1900's who were dodging bullets and bombs, or crossing the East German border at risk of being caught and shot, all before the age of 20.

I often wonder how I would have fared, living in those days.  I hope I would have lived up to the challenge and emerged strong like the rest of them. Looking around at today's society, I wonder what would happen if the need to defend our country would once again arise. Ownership of guns is uncommon and almost frowned on. The mere idea of armed conflict is shunned by most. The perfect world we've built around us is blinding us to the dangers that lurk just out of view.

This Remembrance Day, I give my thanks to all veterans who fought in the wars of the last 100 years, and those who continue to defend freedom today. Without their actions, bravery, and determination, we wouldn't have the kind of lives we have today. 

Take some time this November 11th to think about what you would have done had you been born in a different time, a time of war, and thank those who fought to bring us where we are today.

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5 Smart Remarks:

Anonymous Stephanie said...

Very well said! I'd have to agree with everything you mentioned!

Esther for example is safe and goes about her daily life, with the comforts of home and her toys, etc...while Oma at her age was fleeing by wagon!

Lest we forget...

4:57 AM  
Blogger Bro Trevor said...

It was well posted my friend.

6:04 AM  
Anonymous Anita said...

Very well written and bears a lot of serious thinking.

9:17 PM  
Anonymous e. said...

Dad was a War Veteran and died on Remembrane Day 33 years ago....how fitting....Miss Him Lots :(

9:57 AM  
Blogger L ~ S said...

Nice post...I just wanted to mention that it was more specifically written for North American folks...in the past years I have met a lot of people who have had to flee countries because of war and in many places wars are still being fought. It is a blessing that there has been no war fought on North American territory so many years!

10:09 PM  

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