I have a friend who’s family put up the Christmas Tree on November 8th. I saw a yard decorated, fully decorated now , on November 11th. Aside from rushing the Holiday season this also rushes our lives. Constantly looking forward to something. Counting the Saturdays until football season, counting the weeks till Christmas, the months till summer, always looking forward rather than being in the moment. Then all of sudden at the end of the year everyone goes, “man time flys, where did the year go”? You lived your year looking ahead. Did you enjoy it?
Whatever happen to the days when we target practiced anything and the target was a paper with a series of colorful circles and a “bullseye” in the center. Now it’s the outline of the top half of a human torso. Not only that the vital areas or kill zones score higher points. Not like the series of circles where the closer you got to the bull’s eye the higher the score. Do you think this desensitizes us to shooting another human being just a little bit? Your damn right it does!
If you’ve ever read the book “The Greatest Generation” you’ve read many many stories of entertainers and sports figures who chose to put aside their careers, many very strong careers, to join the ranks of the military and fight. You would be surprised at how many well know individuals fought, won awards, were killed and did great things in time of war and all in the defense of the United States. I mostly think of these indiviudals when I see the current day entertainers and sport figures who are so self absorbed they wouldn’t think of holding a door for a little old lady much less give of themselves in any way toward their country.
Outside a resturant the other night I noticed a antique stone tablet with the 10 Commandments inlayed into it. Then I noticed on the backside it was chained down to the pole it was leaning against. Makes you think.
I may be wrong and someone correct me if I am. Every home football game when they play the National Anthem the ROTC tries to time the raising of the flag to the top of the pole with the end of the song. If I’m not mistaken an American Flag should be hoisted “briskly” and lowered solemnly. I’ve seen this done nowhere else.