Monday, May 25, 2009

let's try this again

Memorial Day in the US, just another work day up here. Somehow last weekend's Victoria Day doesn't seem quite so - imposing - as the neighbour's stated aim of remembering those who died in military service. Whilst I respect the services I don't particularly believe in the glorification of the dead. After all there's nothing very glorious about being dead. As far as I can work out it's cold, dark and lasts forever. Not too much glory there. So I guess the glory pertains to the survivors. They glorifiy the sacrifice of those who "gave their lives" so that they could retain their way of life, their fast food and their double-wides.

Or is it really more than that? Given the choice I would gladly glorify a way of life that makes death through anything but natural causes as close to impossible as it can as a far, far better thing. Let us remember the fallen indeed and resolve to do what it takes as a species to ensure their number ceases to grow.

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