I come from a family of hippies, tree huggers, make love not war. And I have been taught to question authority, stay away from any type of government and military lifestyle because the truth gets blurred.
I don’t actually agree with most of my families views but am not necessarily against it either. Obviously, paranoid thoughts about governmental agencies being bad are silly. And I respect the ones who fight to keep us safe so that others can sit in ignorance and privelage debating conspiracy theories. I have always felt so grateful for those who protect and serve. I raised my kids to show respect to our soldiers and give thanks for all they do. But I never imagined my child would decide that it was a path they would go and how to respond to the choice. I am totally against war, I do believe that training to protect our country changes a person. It’s heavy on the soul, learning how to kill is a decision that cannot be unlearned. Which is why I have so much respect for our military, and why I am terrified for my child. Can anyone offer insight about the process? My only image is some messed up middle aged man yelling at young adults and making them feel stupid or embarrassed. But I don’t think that’s the whole picture or at least I hope it’s not. Any thoughts and experiences?