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Honor...Those who have or are serving

Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by bigdogtx, Apr 19, 2008.

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  1. bigdogtx

    bigdogtx Well-Known Member

    Aug 5, 2006
    Found this and it is quite profound regarding our past AND our future. My undying thanks and appreciation to those who give me the freedom to do everything I can do in this GREAT country.

    "The percentage of truly Honorable Men within any civilization has always been small, compared with the general populace, which is by comparison, shallow, self-centered, fearful, and morally confused/ambivalent. Paradoxically, it is always Men of Honor, audaciously assuming the leadership role, who are tasked with, and responsible for, the defense of Civilization.

    Washington never commanded more that 25,000 troops at any one time. Most of time, his command consisted of a good deal fewer. The population of the Colonies was three million, only thirty percent of whom were Patriot sympathizers. If only twenty-five percent of that pool of one million, claiming to believe in the Cause, were able-bodied males, capable of military service, Washington could still only find a single-digit-percentage of men who were willing to wager their lives on the Cause to which they professed to be devoted.

    What did (and still does) exist in the general populace was the concept of Personal Honor, to which all claim to aspire, but most fall short. Violations
    of Honor were, and still are, regarded as shameful. Indeed, 'Shame' stands guard over all civilizations! For example, abandonment of obligation/duty, whether to family or creditors, is correctly regarded as shameful. Likewise, lying, cheating, deceitfulness, cowardice, and personal sleaziness are shameful, and those who engage in such conduct, be they rich or poor, and regardless of their laughable rationalizations, are rightfully referred to as 'low-life,' and 'trash.'

    Succeeding generations of Men of Honor are thus prepared by this ever-small group of mature Masters. Likewise, we need to have this discussion among ourselves and in the presence of sons, daughters, and students. Words have meaning. We must reclaim the Language of Honor and reject the language of equivalency and rationalization. We need to make clear that heroes are just men, who, in full awareness of the inherent danger, boldly step forward and place their very lives at risk for the benefit of a worthy Cause. 'Heroes' are not pathetic victims of violent crime who took no action nor preparation to protect themselves, no matter how well they are dealing with their current afflictions. Heroes are gallant nineteen-year-olds with Purple-Hearts, who earned them as a result of fearless combat action!

    For example, we reject terms like 'violence-of-action,' no matter how clever-sounding, to describe our righteous response to bona-fide violence, offered by VCAs. Men of Honor are not 'vile!' Men of Honor may be compelled to use force during encounters with VCAs, but they do so while ever abiding by established rules of conduct required of Honorable Men. With all due respect, we also disdain expressions like, 'always cheat.' It may sound clever, and even appeal to a naughty-boy image, but it is not the Language of Honor. We can convey the value of pressing an advantage without intimating personal sleaziness.

    When my sons deployed to Iraq, I attended their departure. I watched, as they and other marvelous young men, about to deploy, spent last moments with their families. I could not stop watching those young fathers, Men of Honor, as they held their children and looked into their eyes. Thus, I gained an understanding of a line of fathers that stretches to antiquity, as they too watched their sons go off to war.

    My sons and students, and yours, in the years to come, will assume the responsibility of conveying the Honor Concept to the next generation. Those of us with graying hair and declining visual-acuity must continue to help them see clearly that language is as important as the actions tied to the Concept. Students, sons, and daughters, who have absorbed the Honor Concept, need to be encouraged to assume the leadership role, and competently, fearlessly defend it against those failed, shameful souls who reject and contort."

    Comment: We can bet our lives on it. Indeed, we have!
  2. Hauxfan

    Hauxfan Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Well said, Bigdog........well said!

  3. Hawkeye Kid

    Hawkeye Kid TS Member

    Jul 1, 2006
    RIGHT ON''''. Vietnam Vet Retired MSgt USAF.

  4. Juno

    Juno TS Member

    Jan 13, 2008
    This bings tears and memories. AMEN.

  5. birdtracker

    birdtracker Active Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    CWO Agking: one of my most memorable moments in the Army was when a 2nd LT just out of 90 day OCS told our CW#3 to " be at ease" during a little heated discussion. The CWO"s immediate reply was " at ease my ass, I'll kick your ass". I had to leave before the tears came from laughing so hard. Thanks for everyone who served. Don
  6. GeoCook

    GeoCook TS Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    I found this quote about Veteran's and Honor at the web site shown below, it really hits the nail on the head.

    What is a Veteran?

    A 'Veteran- -- whether active duty, discharged,retired, or reserve -- is someone who, at one point is his or her life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America" for an amount of 'up to and including his or her life.'

    That is HONOR, and there are way too many people in this country today, who no longer understand that fact.


    George Cook US Army 08/69 - 04/71 Vietnam 05/70 - 04/71

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