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War, history, and perspective

Posted by Richard on May 14, 2005

Cassandra of Villainous Company continues to offer thoughtful guest commentary at Blackfive. In "War and Remembrance," she provides much to think about:

Increasingly, we see ourselves as divorced from history, our debt to past generations forgotten.  And without the perspective that history provides, without the idea that there are eternal values worth fighting for, worth preserving, we are tyrannized by trivia: the weekly casualty report, the roll-call of combat dead, the annual budget report.  Looked at in isolation, these things loom artificially large.  Unlike our ancestors, we stand alone.  No parade of heroes from bygone ages hardens our resolve and straightens our shoulders with remembered pride.  We do not even know our own heroes.

Once again, RTWT.

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