What a kerfuffle over my Facebook post about Remembrance Day. Interestingly, only two people were seriously outraged (amazingly, most people supported me) – and one of those people is in the military. So I get it. I get that the military has to indoctrinate the members – tell them they are fighting for freedom – all that good stuff. Otherwise, what horrible morale there would be.
And I also have to agree with my love when he said that Canada’s military has done enormous good – it has been well-known for its peacekeeping missions all over the world.
For some reason, criticism of war, war mongers, and profiteers is too often equated with criticism of the men and women who choose the military as a career.
At any rate, the entire argument simply left me feeling sad. As long as the powers in the world can indoctrinate people (and I’m not talking about military people here – all people), we are in huge trouble. As long as we prioritize war spending (arms, missiles etc.) over health care and education (especially evident in the US) how can we expect world peace?
You can’t create peace by waging war – or threatening to wage war.
Okay – enough of that. Today I decided to post photos I took on my walk yesterday – thrilled to see the swans. I missed them so much – thought I would only find them on the island. And here they are! And tundra swans as well!
Simon and I had a good talk last night about our future here. We’re going to sell this place. That much we have decided. But what to do after that?
Time will tell.