Self-worth, a sense of self, and a sense of meaning or purpose, are all closely tied up with both mental and emotional health, as well as another reason that we need a Universal Health Care system that includes full mental health services. These things do not come easily nor quickly, the thorny problems that we think about when looking at reasons to live or die. Reasons to stay, reasons to simply stop, let go, and give up, permanently. Some find inspiration to live in art, or in religion, or in happiness, but what about the longer term view?
It was a tumultuous time when the General spoke these words, as we have again now. 1962 seems to have come again in 2020, and I do not agree with all of his words, but with his sentiment that we have a duty to uphold our commitment to community and to humanity, I will always agree and work toward fulfilling.
Honor, Duty, and … Community:
These are still sacred concepts for me. Quoting from one of my favorite speeches (The Long Grey Line, Gen. Douglas MacArthur‘s speech to the Corps of Cadets
at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., May 12, 1962):
“to master yourself before you seek to master others; to have a heart that is clean, a goal that is high; to learn to laugh, yet never forget how to weep; to reach into the future, yet never neglect the past; to be serious, yet never take yourself too seriously; to be modest so that you will remember the simplicity of true greatness; the open mind of true wisdom, the meekness of true strength.”
These words inspired me, as a CAP and Jr. ROTC cadet, to a life of service towards Duty, Honor, and Loyalty to equality for all… Shira
Here is why I am thinking of this topic now:
Much of my life has revolved around the ideals of service, duty, and honor embodied in the General´s West Point address, which I first read and found so inspiring as a cadet in both the Civil Air Patrol and Jr. ROTC. The text is available here:
That speech and the ideals it represents may be what got me kicked out of Annapolis, in fact. When I arrived at the Naval Academy, I expected the ideas I had been taught as a cadet to continue to the Brigade of Midshipmen and to the officer corps: Nobless Oblige, defend and support the weak, work together to serve the ideals that make our democracy great. But I found a very different reality there, and in questioning, earned the ire of both my upper classmen and several of my classmates to boot.
Contemplating the meaning of friendship, and the twilight of one´s life, I find that I have been told that I was out of touch, or had my head in the clouds, or lived life as the world should be rather than as it really is, been called a Crusader, over and over. The courage of my convictions remains with me, yet I tire of the struggle. What do I want from my life? Only to make that contribution which only I can make, to be a bridge, to help re-create the cooperation which existed, not only between communities, but to inspire people to recall and rebuild what was old Al Andalus, and the cooperation of La Convivencia. To gather and encourage people of good will and decency to promote cooperation and community for the sake of us all.
April, 12014 H.E. (Holocene Era)
I later added, regarding Community Cooperation, that as Hillary Clinton pointed out, it does indeed take a village, a united sense of purpose, and conviction to give meaning to life, and to our way of life. We should learn to ask why, before we arrive at the twilight of our lives. A newly revived Civilian Conservation Corps would help accomplish that, mingling various classes as mandatory military service once did, but with the goal, now, of building, rather than destroying.
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