Forget Me Not
--Forget Me Nots
Happy Veterans Day. It's an odd thing to say, looked at one way.
"Happy" is not the usual discriptor for the things a soldier must do. Is it a day for "Happy Veterans"? Are we happy that others -- the veterans -- do the things we would rather not think about, i.e., "We're happy that it is you, and not me"?
But to the aphorisms:
1) Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is the soul dying faster than the body.
2) PTSD = feeling, thinking and reacting to the unreality of a situation.
3) Moral Injury is the phantom pain of the lost soul.
4) It is simple to kill a man, but doing so is never simple, nor is it easy, unless one had lost touch with his soul.
5) Remembering is not the same thing as not forgetting. (Coda: Forgetting is not the same thing as not remembering.)
6) If I am at peace with myself, then meditation is superfluous. My life is my meditation.
7) What if your memories are totally false? Worse, what if they are true?
8) You can't live in the past, but the past can live in you.
9) Films like "American Sniper" are neither history nor entertainment. These reiterations provide a rebranding of the Phony War on Terror (PWOT). They seek to legitimize the illegitimate.
To be heretical, they are the iconic "early eight-month baby" in church-sanctioned shotgun weddings. They are the Immaculate Conceptions of the war theatre.
10) Counterinsurgency Rule One: "First, do no harm".