Friday, September 9, 2016
In the beginning the earth was without form and void; and then I was born. According to Schrodinger’s Cat analogy the earth is here because I can observe it, and when I am gone the earth will no longer exist: sorry folks.
Solzhenitsyn, one of my favorite authors, wrote in the Gulag… “One and the same human being is, at various ages, under various circumstances, a totally different human being.”
I believe this is true for some people; it is certainly true in my life. The opportunities to begin again come throughout our life, though less so as we age, and we can grab the path less traveled or continue on the safe road to conformity.
I am a veteran; but I actually feel sorry for the older veterans I see wearing their VFW/American Legion hats or ball caps that proclaim their military service. It is like saying ‘I was in the military for two/ four/ twenty years and that is all I have to distinguish myself. I have to wrap myself in the flag and in patriotism to pander for my moment of fame, because other than that I have never moved on, I have never changed.
We all are a compilation of our past experiences – they imprint to a large extent who we are; but to live in our past experiences, and never to have moved on, is somehow pitiful.
I think about some of my past experiences because they were exciting points or highlights that I can enjoy reflecting on; but they are not me – not who I am today.
These thoughts came from watching the Commander and Chief forum. The new vets are having to deal with dramatic change, and hopefully they will be able to adjust and move on. But the old vets didn’t seem like they were there for support, but for recognition – and again, that’s kind of pitiful.
Where am I going with this?
Hell I don’t know – just my thoughts.
And I do love semicolons.
Me probably eight or nine years old
Perhaps I haven't changed that much.