“Where I am not understood, it shall be concluded that something very useful and profound is couched underneath.” --Jonathan Swift
--A E Housman, 1936, "Here Dead Lie We"
--W H Auden, 1953, "Epitaph for the Unknown Soldier"
Few words, powerful meaning. As it should be.
Nobody asked him to die, not even the pols who created the wars (or our participation in some one else's wars) for their own reasons, hardly in defense of "freedom." More likely in defense of their careers. Whether conscripted or volunteered the troop sure wasn't planning on dying, either. There comes a point where all this poetic hurrah is just so much meaningless twaddle. Intended to make meaningful what was more often than not a thoroughly meaningless event.
If you insist, as do many these days, that their death had no meaning, allow for those who freely lent themselves to a major endeavor and fully understood the inherent risk. In the military they found another family, a primal draw that makes sense to our species. I've known both types, and I have no argument that will sway either one.
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