Memorial Day 09
There was a book I read some 20 years ago called The Myth of Male Power and at first I found the book profound but as I read on and on I became disgusted with what I was reading. He correctly pointed out that men do not hold all the reigns of power in this country but in the end he reduced men to simply another group of victims. I remember wondering If everyone's a victim who is the victimizer?
As you watch shows like Oprah (gag) you see a curious thing. The true heros of these people are the victims who have the "courage" to speak out. You see book after book of "I am the victim" because I am this or that and society refuses to recognize my dignity as a human. I can't help but wonder why people would be proud of victimhood; it is handy, and sometimes valid, excuse but it is no source of pride.
What does this have to do with Memorial Day?
A hero is one who sees something far larger and more important than himself and risks, or even sacrifices his life for it. For the victimization crowd this is incomprehensible. Our soldiers who died in battle were the victims of an evil propoganda machine that convinced them to throw away their lives for nothing. They run heros down by proving they were nothing but flawed men, which we always knew and that the hero is an illusion.
All of which leads to this post by the Brilliant, or at least smarter than I am, Gagdad Bob and One Cosmos. He offers a posting that explains why so many do not understand heroes and thus do not understand Memorial Day. I suggest you read this article as I can do no better than he has.
Update: Some time ago I wrote about how WWII affected my mother's family.