Thursday, June 30, 2005

Insanity II

Caught a bit of 60 Minutes earlier and noticed one of the ways our society really is insane:

Somehow, we determined it was a good thing to send new high school grads, who haven't been anywhere and know nothing about the world, into the military, where we'll pay tens or, in some cases, hundreds of thousands of dollars to teach them war, KNOWING some will be quickly killed...

BUT...

We require people to be older and have college degrees to join the Peace Corps, for which we pay substantially less in training despite the far more crucial tasks they have, such as teaching people how to farm or educating children. We essentially expect them to learn it on their own beforehand or in the field.

We advertise war in countless ways -- real ads, violent movies, military parades on certain holidays, recruiters visiting high schools -- but I can't recall the last time I saw a Peace Corps ad, and the last Peace Corps-related show was actually about the murder of a volunteer in the 1970s, not what they were actually doing.

I think this might have something to do with the apocalypse obsession that forms a constant but not always visible undercurrent to American thought, especially in this era of nuclear weapons where any war has had the potential (even if minimal) to spiral out of control into a nuclear exchange. But whether it's a cause or an effect, I don't know...

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16 Comments:

Blogger Tonya said...

Great Post!

T

6/30/2005 2:37 PM  
Blogger Just call me T said...

Hello Jay,

Perhaps it is more than that... Fear by chance? We are living in an age of lost humanity. We no longer know the definition of reaching out and seeing a friend in the eyes of a stranger. We are too busy being the bee-hive builders while the queen or king bee sits back and watch the devastation without blinking an eye.
I keep thinking to myself that one day we will all wake up and finally see the real picture, that being that people have become disconnected. How shameful of any government to use enticements to get young men and women to join the military knowing all the while that the possibility of them surviving in a war or getting back without emotional scars is minimal. We have barely begun to see the affects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, not to mention the over 1700 deaths, and many more injured physically. I understand why we went to war but I want to know what good it has done. More dying, more destruction is it any wonder that the enlisted numbers are down. Maybe those young people aren’t as stupid as they thought.
A small note because this response is getting long… When it comes to advertising wars everywhere, ever notice that it is glamorized? Platoon showed some real world things when filming about Vietnam but they still showed where the men went to a “special” place to drink beer and lay out in the sun. Ever see the show China Beach? It also portrayed horrors but emphasized more the beach where everyone came to relax and forget, as if that is possible in a real war. When I see Bush or others going overseas and putting on shows, although I admit it might help with morale, to advertise it on television as if our men are just sitting there with no worries is in my book, disgusting!

Soft love,
T

7/02/2005 12:17 AM  
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Hi Jay,

I love this entry of yours.

I believe we are addicted, biologically, to violence via the fight or flight response.

Also, have you watched What the Bleep Do We Know? Our hypothalamus - if I have this right - determines what emotion we will feel based on learned clues.

It appears the desire for conflict is embedded and self-perpetuating in our species.

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