My friend from Minnesota called yesterday talking about the conservative nature of our children. Her husband, as a matter of soul-wrentching decision-making, signed up for the Peace Corps during Vietnam and served many years in Thailand and Malaysia. All of us who were considered as "hippies," if only in our thinking, were studying the war, talking to our religious leaders, and trying to come to terms with whether it was more moral to go or to stay. I have a feeling that younger people don't fully understand the moral crisis we faced because so few conscientious objectors write about it.
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I have to agree and add their texting & smartphones habits.
Isn't that interesting - 'from the partying and music aspect..' of course things would be different if there had been a draft, huh? I have one young relative who is very political, but not as much active as conspiracy theorist. Very fascinating!
isn't that the truth? Issues like this are very complicated. But in defense of objectors I know that while my husband was in Quang Tri, we were contemplating our complicity in the war and our moral obligation at point - gut-wrentching, it was!
Don't misunderstand me, I have great respect for the courage of genuine conscientious objectors and am moderately antiwar myself. A point is that not everyone claiming to object to war on grounds of conscience really does.
ah... Interesting connection with the occupy movement. I do understand the difference of opinions among those who view both situations. Thanks, TPC
poignant comments, Idono, about being called "whiners," or "sympathy seekers." There's an attitude adrift that subtly instructs all who have gone through hardships to keep quiet. But isn't that why the young people don't know? Your story important.
Young people should at least have some idea. But they are learning from people that went from college to classroom. In this time, very few teachers experienced Vietnam. One vet could teach a class as much as 100 textbook teachers.
IDONO, I wasn't clear about the friend. He is in his 60s now - at much peace with his decision in the 60s to nlist in the Peace Corps instead of the Army. He was one of those who examined what going to war actually meant. "The Great Mandella"
Hey Moving, I have to say at I've seen many who don't fit that pattern. You know that video dancing down the aisle so popular a few years ago? Most of that group were Peace Corps volunteers. I tend to think all generations are the same.
I wonder if soldiers coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan are starting to think about this after the fact. I've heard some intensely moving stories on npr.