Saturday, June 30, 2018
After reading and/or browsing the news today, a disconcerting thought comes to my mind: While my eight decades may be correctly worded by Walt Whitman — “Of Life immense in passion, pulse, and power, cheerful, for freest action …” many other people on this planet experienced war up close.
In my childhood, World War II.
In my teens, the Korean War
In my twenties, the Cold War at its coldest
In my thirties, the Vietnam War
In my forties, Argentina’s “Dirty War”
In my fifties, Gulf War, Yugoslavia Wars
In my sixties, Iraq War
In my seventies, the Afghanistan conflict, the Libyan conflict
In my eighties, U.S. tensions with Iran, Mexico, North Korea, Syria and Venezuela
And these are only the major ones!
By “disconcerting” I mean this and these:
- Should I be grateful for having been protected by a dominant nation?
- Should I feel justified in having been a conscientious objector to war?
- Should I succumb to angst over the continued belligerence of sapiens?
- Should I have been more active in promoting justice and peace?