In these times of polarized, pugnacious pundits of doom and gloom, it strikes me that the finest most honorable tribute to our fallen warriors would be a month of silence. commencing today and running two weeks after Memorial Day, so as to fully memorialize the depth of the meaning of the day, beyond a 3 day vacation bash.
Naturally one would not retreat as a monk, but the silence I envision would be a nationwide fasting from all political opinion and identity politics—none of which ever exist on a battlefield. Turn off all talk radio and cable news for 30 days in respect for the men and women who sacrificed their lives for the very existence of those entities. Show the world that we are united as Americans first, not because we have an opinion that trumps our neighbors. Loud opinions in combat are a security risk. So lets for one month imagine we are in combat for the soul of America and silence ourselves, knowing that we will not shrivel up without a pronounced proclamation of our position on the state of nation. That would sound trumpets of respect for the fallen warriors.
“Homo lupus Homini.” Man is wolf to man. We must find a way to mute the mounting rude and ruthless incivility that has become acceptable and oddly laudable. It is said that, “evil thrives on resistance,” making silence the only antidote to the chaotic cacophony that is subsuming the nation. The last degenerate Emperor of Rome in 509 heard the same angry wailing on the way out.
War shows no sign of lessening. From the Peloponnesian Wars. to the Crusades through the French Revolution, two World Wars, endless Revolutions amongst nation states, to the ongoing undeclared wars of assimilation in Korea , Vietnam and now 15 years in the tribal quagmires of the return of Ottoman Empire, , there has always been a dislike of the unlikes. Whites against blacks. Christians and Jews, Muslims and Jews, Catholics and Protestants, Irish and British. Yet, in all my years, I have not witnessed such a brutal inhumanity to our own. All being aggrandized by a voyeuristic media.
The only First Amendment antidote to this calamity of voices that are not folding into anything fruitful or formative for posterity, is silence.
“Only the dead know the end of war.” Plato
In honor of Memorial Day 2016, lets imitate the deceased with our silence, they may hear such a tribute.