Monday, November 11, 2013

I'm a veteran. Please don't thank me.


 November 11: Day Of Peace, Veterans Day, Origami Day, Sundae Day
It's Veterans Day, and I'm a veteran of (Vietnam-era) wartime service in the U.S. Air Force, but I was never in harm's way - a situation that I did everything in my power to ensure. Over the many years since, I have been much more attuned to pacifism than war-making.

I am very uncomfortable with being thanked for my service, so please don't do that. Rather than glorifying war by treating veterans as the heroes and heroines that very few of us were, let's work to end war instead.

We might begin by reflecting on the stupidity of a system that sends young men and women out to fight and die in old men's wars, fueled by the profit motive of the military-industrial complex.

May the emotions of Veteran's Day awaken us to a universal dream of peace.

Finally, from the Odd Loves Company blog:

Peace Day marks our personal and planetary progress toward peace. It has grown to include millions of people in all parts of the world, Anyone, anywhere can celebrate Peace Day. It can be as simple as lighting a candle at noon, or just sitting in silent meditation. International Day of Peace is also a Day of Ceasefire – personal or political. Take this opportunity to make peace in your own relationships as well as impact the larger conflicts of our time. Imagine what a whole Day of Ceasefire would mean to humankind.  Imagine.