Today is Memorial Day – a day where everyone should reflect on the sacrifices made by our men and women in uniform. Those who willingly died for our rights. Good men and women. It’s undoubtedly a debt that we as people could never repay, and even as a whole society couldn’t ever pay up on that tab, but in the overall scheme of politics right now, it appears that there are many would rather throw out those rights and freedoms that so many have died for.
For some time now, I’ve found myself wondering why it is that there are people who’d so easily give up our unalienable: free speech, religion, to bear arms, etc, etc, etc. It seems almost unAmerican to me that they’re willing to just snap their fingers and watch something (and arguably the thing) that makes America the greatest country to ever exist just fade away – and without a fight.
Something that popped to mind recently was the quote:
Hard times create strong men. Strong men create good times. Good times create weak men. And, weak men create hard times.G. Michael Hopf
The quote is ultimately a tragedy about good Men, and how what they do is create good times, which inevitably and unintentionally spawns those who take advantage of those good times and don’t care what becomes of things so long they get what they want, when they want it. And as you dissect that and apply it to society today, you find that’s what we have right now in this political climate that seems as if it’s a powder keg just waiting for the slightest of sparks to go boom.
I think the take away from what today means in combination with the on edge political side of the country (and even the world at large) is that we, as good Men, have to step up and retain what’s good – fight the battle of ideals, and win over those in the middle who aren’t sure if what we have is really worth dying for.
Again, today is Memorial Day: a day where we remember and pay respect to those who’ve died for our freedoms. They knew that what America is was worth paying the ultimate price in order to preserve. We as fellow Americans need to be just like our fallen – strong Men – and stand up for what’s right, because their memory deserves no less.