It is Memorial Day in the US. Today people in the US commemorate those who died while in the armed forces, fighting in a US war; any war in US history.
It is a very deeply engraved tradition in US people, observed since around 1865, and which in part shapes the mentality and ways of living Americans have; a sense of respect and admiration to those who have served and died in the armed forces in the US.
Since Memorial Day is a US holiday, and by being born and growing up in another country, this is a holiday I didn’t know until I migrated to the US (obviously this is not a holiday observed anywhere else in the world), so naturally for me the meaning of this day is not the same as it is for an American born and grown person.
But there is another reason why I don’t perceive this holiday in the same way Americans do, and that has to do with my personal opinion about the existence, and even more, the acceptance of the existence of war and armed forces in the human race.
I wrote a post about what my perception is about war, the existence of armed forces, and the pride involved in mass human confrontation within the human race throughout its recorded history; but by knowing the perception Americans have of it, it has been really difficult to find a time to publish it, which is away enough of days like Memorial Day and the Fourth of July, so to not hurt feelings in people.
I know it would hurt feelings because every time I had the opportunity to explain the concepts to someone, American or not, they seem to dislike the ideas I present them. And most probably it is because those ideas go in a different direction of what humans are; in other words, humans would not be humans if they had these different concepts integrated within their instinctual behavior
But most important; what I have noticed while explaining these concepts to people is that, especially Americans, seem to take it personal, rather than seeing it as just a concept proposal, like an exercise of the mind only, and not a criticism of American mentality and behavior, but rather an observation of the whole human race characteristic of behavior.
So for now let me just stand quietly in sign of respect for American people’s beliefs, while they commemorate and show their signs of respect to those fallen in American wars.