Memorial Day

t’s Memorial Day weekend in the U.S.: time for BBQs, adventures at the cabin or the beach, movies or nature hikes. But may I persuade you to take a moment to also think about the soldiers who died, and those who came back broken? This is not about patriotism; quite the opposite, for I am certain that none of the soldiers — men, women, horses, dogs — worldwide, went to war because they wanted to fight. They followed orders; orders that were often misguided. Orders that placated political endeavors and big egos. You see, taking a moment is more about hope and solitude.

General Sherman said that war is hell, yet it continues to be a frequent destination for so many soldiers. We seem to ignore the past and guide our children to repeat our poor choices. Perhaps this elections year is an opportunity to think a bit deeper about democratic values and our future.

I hope most soldiers who died didn’t die in vain, but none can come back to tell us. We who are alive must decide if bloody paths would bring us closer to peace.

Of course, Hitler had to be fought, as well as today’s terrorists and madmen. Defending lives, indeed our planet, won’t be done without casualties. But our purpose for living needs to be understood, not compromised.

Take a moment.