Nothing makes us more human than being kind. Quietly being kind to someone, with no wish for anything in return, is the best form of kindness.
Everett, Washington, the neighboring city to the south of us, is home to Naval Station Everett. Since 1994 it has been the base for two aircraft carriers and many support ships, and at any given time there are about 6,000 sailors stationed here.
To me, war itself is a stupid invention. But I would never confuse government with the military individuals whose job it is to wage that war to provide for our well being. These brave men and women keep us safe from those who would destroy us if they could, and there is nothing I can ever do to repay them. The best I can do is buy them dinner every once in a while. That's my random act of kindness.
This leads me into another topic that I have wanted to write about: American Sniper, and all of the controversy surrounding the movie. If you haven't seen it, you should.
This is what I think about this well done movie. American Sniper is neither an anti-war nor pro-war film. It isn't about the rightness or wrongness of war. It's about people - soldiers and their families back home. It addresses the extraordinary psychological and personal sacrifices that every soldier and their family goes through when fighting a war or being deployed. Nobody is perfect, but the work these men and women do are the reason we are free. And for that they deserve our respect and thanks. The End.
Amber at Airing My Dirty Laundry wrote a great post about this subject a few weeks ago. Her husband is currently deployed in the Air Force, so she has first hand perspective, and it's well written and to the point.
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