War is failure of the imagination.dad
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Rarely watching TV, I was captivated the other night when Charlie Gibson was interviewing United States President, Barack Obama, on the ABC Evening News.
The one word that really made me put things into perspective, was a word the President Obama used to describe how the decision to send US troops to Afghanistan was different from other critical US policy decisions.
President Obama spoke of a certain level of sobriety that was needed on that particular decision. He said it was the one decision that was different from all the others. I paraphrase here, to illustrate the magnitude:
“Bailing out the auto industry or the financial system is one thing. But picturing Arlington Cemetery, with a mother, sitting in the rain, in front of a tombstone…..”
Received an email from a good friend yesterday. No big deal there. Happens all the time right?
This one is different. It made me think. Deeply. And I can not disagree with this young soldier’s point of view. In fact, I think he has every right to call Americans callous. Seriously, I do.
And I’d like to extend my deepest regret for falling into the trap of conformity. Isaac, I’m very sorry.
Thank you for defending the blanket of freedom we Americans sleep under every night.
Here is the content of that email, without any editing from me. I do not know who originally sent it. And, in this crazy cyberworld we live in, I have no way of truly knowing if a soldier even wrote this. However, whether it was a soldier or not, I’m still touched by it’s relevance:
“So that others may live…”
July 4 – Blessed beyond measure.
When you really stop and think about what this day stands for, what sacrifices have been made, and the delicate balance the future holds for it, you could almost drop to your knees and thank God there are people who put their lives on the line every single day to protect what is such a blessing.
We are indeed blessed beyond measure. Today is an official reminder of that.
Carpe diem, jeff noel 🙂