What’s the definition of a “hero”?
- A man of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities.
- A person who lacks the courage to do or endure dangerous or unpleasant things.
Define: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- A condition of persistent mental and emotional stress occurring as a result of injury or severe psychological shock, typically involving disturbance of sleep and constant vivid recall of the experience, with dulled responses to others and to the outside world.
- An act of giving up something valued for the sake of something else regarded as more important or worthy.
We use the same words so frequently in our dialogue with one another that we tend to forget what they mean. We do so many of the same activities on a day-to-day basis that we tend to forget why we are so privileged. We go to class, we go to work, we drop our kids off at school, we let them walk home- but how? Do we really forget how we are able to do all of these activities with such ease?
According to the New York Times, less than 0.5 percent of the U.S. population serves in the armed forces. This, at least to me, makes sense. Why would I give up the next few years of my life just to get yelled at and shot at? Why would I want to risk my life in a war that seems so pointless and endless? Why do people want to do this?
In many articles I’ve read since the movie American Sniper has been released, it seems the only possible answer is, “He (or she) must be a psychopath.” Who would want to get shot at and shoot at other people? Who would want to kill human beings?
As I read along, I wondered, why are we glorifying this? Why is Hollywood making this seem okay?
But then I realized…
It is not a choice. We need to stop thinking that our military members go into the military just to kill people. Yes it is part of the job, but it is not the reason they are doing this. They don’t want to leave their families and their hometowns to go kill human beings.
It is for YOU.
It is so we can post articles absolutely bashing the military. It is so we can tweet whatever we want about our feelings on American Sniper. We can talk freely in a public sphere about our political opinions without worry that we’ll be jailed, beheaded or shot. We are allowed to call heroes “cowards” because it is our freedom as Americans.
We absolutely need to stop this negative view of our military.
We have to realize that we need to do our job while our military men and women are doing theirs.
Make our community better. Make this country a better place for our veterans to come back to.
Our military heroes are sacrificing their lives, both physically and emotionally. If they do come back to the U.S. alive, they are not the same.
For instance, a sniper will not come back to the U.S. and return to their quiet, pre-military life. Their world is changed forever. This is because they want you all, as Americans, to live in the most peaceful environment possible.
So as we carry on with our regular lives, buy a movie ticket, see American Sniper, drive home, sit in front of our MacBooks and write, tweet, and post whatever we feel without any risk at all—think of those who make this possible for you. Erase all viewpoints you feel you must have because of your political party. Really think about what is being done for you.