Veterans Day 2023
By all means, thank Veterans and active military members for their service. It is infinitely better than how Korean War and Vietnam War Veterans were treated. Ultimately, what we are saying is "I'm glad you survived."
Joining the Military whether by choice or draft is an acknowledgment of something greater than oneself, and a sacrifice to it. Hopefully, of course, one does not have to make “the ultimate sacrifice”, but the offer is implicit, and there is time, behaviors, relationships, and more aspects of one’s personal life all laid on the Altar when one makes this commitment.
Until humankind gets smart enough to realize that cooperation and compromise is better for the Human Race than competition and consumption, there will always be war. So dual-natured we are as a race, loving our videos of animals displaying compassion, yet also excusing ourselves as part of Nature, which clearly does compete. While regarding ourselves as the top of the food chain, we often wallow in its basest qualities.
My late Grandfather George was a boxer. He was a fight or two away from boxing in the 1936 Olympics. While training me in the basics of pugilism, he described the process of boxing and becoming a boxer as disgusting. “The Sweet Science” should be understood as ironic.
Multiply this by hundreds of thousands, millions even, and you get the truth about militaries and war.
From the money, blood, death, environmental destruction, families impacted, and maybe worst of all the brain power lost, imagine where humanity would be if we had found a way to avoid war. Longevity? The stars?
Most Veterans don’t want war. We know the truth of it. There is no glory. Only a few hot dogs want to put their skills to the ultimate test. Most just want to survive, help our buddies survive, and accomplish the mission.
For all of the preceding narrative, these people were still willing to offer themselves to a cause they thought was just. They put aside their comfort, relationships, education, and bodily worth. They were instead taught how to survive, forge bonds with strangers, taught things like NOT killing unarmed people (even if they are “the enemy”) and in the end, the mission is more valuable than your life.
Inner Circle Sanctuary
Inner Circle Sanctuary is a school for traditional style Wicca and holds eight sabbat festivals every year.