....nothing more than memories....Johnny Mathis, right?
How's your memory?
In a recent entry we talked about how the A3's out there (Allegedly Average American) lose their own things with such frequency that they spend nearly an hour a day looking for where they left them.
But what about our memories? How often do we leave them behind?
Where were you seven years ago? How about SIX years ago? Unless you live in a cave, your life in that intervening year changed. Some how, some way it changed. Maybe the way you thought, the way you acted, the way you believed.
In 2001 America was attacked by terrorists. America and it's allies rallied around the flag and united to defend, to protect and to many, proactively seek and destroy the pricks that did this to us. But how about now?
Now, even with 100's of thousands of US troops and patriots still deployed in this fight, many newscasts don't even mention it unless it is part of a political soundbite. And usually one that casts dispersions about all the negatives they can find about this war. (As if war was intended to be a positive experience?)
We hosted a friend of mine this week that was back briefly from his post in Baghdad. The work he is doing is amazing, dangerous and is keeping thousands of our troops, allies, contractors and peaceful Iraqi citizens safe. He is actually making a difference. Whether a Hawk or a Dove, we should all be so lucky to be able to make an impact in our work that he does in his.
Yet, people in airports etc. thumb their noses, scoff and grumble when they discover he is supporting the war effort. He is filled mostly with pity and dismissiveness for these miscreants and I suppose I should be too. Sure I have pity, but I also have anger and sorrow for the Americans that die in Iraq and Afghanistan with nary a mention here in the state's because it is not a popular topic anymore. Too taboo and controversial to mention I guess. Since the run up to the war had some blemishes; many tend to throw the baby out with the bath water and condemn the war and everyone and everything attached to it. Why the short memory?
That scorched earth approach many folks take comes at a high cost. For those that so publicly hate our president; they often don't have the maturity, common sense or independent thought to avoid doing anything other than hating everything associated with him too, which is asinine. And yes, a blanket condemnation of anything cuts both ways.
Throughout history men and women in our all volunteer military have died protecting the right for others to be apathetic, ignorant and disrespectful. However unfortunate that is, it would be nice if those apathetic, ignorant and disrespectful people would at least offer an ounce of thanks and recognition that some people still do have a memory of what happens when you allow a combatant to bend you over a barrel.
Why have our memories gotten shorter?
Why has it become so difficult for folks to hate the game but still support the player?