Ivan Rietman did a great film called stripes with the cast of bill Murray, john candy and other comedy greats that had a brilliant moment of motivation in one joining the armed forces by the use of what is pretty slick marketing and propaganda advertising pieces. “Be all you can be…army, navy, air force and marines! What a great place…it’s a great place.” Goes the catch tune.
Such is the hype we use to disguise the reality from humanity.
Over the past 25 years the marketing has gotten even slicker with camera shots and the idea that everyone should try to be the super warrior. We lament how ISIS is using cheap advertising with the low cost techniques; yet, we do the same thing, but with a slicker well polished edits.
Who wouldn’t want to be a fighter pilot and zip around in the latest technology man has invented, versus the seemingly odd concept of strapping a bomb on and blasting thyself to smithereens?
What neither side of the equation tells is the sorrid details of the reality of what happens to human mind when you take it out to the limits.
With the United States, there is a high wash our rate in the process. Many try; few make it, and most wash out that don’t need to be walking around with the technology to annihilate large inanimate objects.
I don’t know what ISIS does when analyzing a candidate? “Guy isn’t all there…train him to do a one time mission.”
Forgive me; I am trying to bring a bit of humor into the dark side of the mind and how when one trains someone to go kill another, you will have issues reeling many back into what is normal.
PTSD is a fancy term that modern doctors have brought forth from the world better known as shell shock of combat. Having another human hunting you, and hunting another human might seem like the ultimate challenge, but when the world breaks down to such a level where one has to hype it into something noble and glorious – you know there is big problems that no one is talking about.
“Be all you can be!”
I do appreciate all the people that make a choice to go help defend our country, but I also realize there has not been a draft in many years. We are given a choice to join, not join, or use our skills for another reason to help mankind.
A navy seal just broke what was the world of silence and solitude of the reality of what actually happens in the world. Truth be told, the world of private contractors has allowed even more of a dark murky world for special interests and operations to work. What the press seems to do is label one side good, righteous and noble. The other side is bad, evil, and a threat.
Everyone is pretty guilty. It is doubtful anyone is lily white. The shadow and black wars that rage across the planet each day that seem to be suppressed in the media are doing nothing more than enriching some people at the costs of others who believe and are used as ideological pawns in a game where the people making the decisions never really have to pick up a body part or insert their finger into a wound to stop blood to keep someone from bleeding out. (Although, I am impressed with the new DARPA wound sealant ideas)
The war of the future will have bullets, machetes, even clubs to accommodate the lethal smart bullets to go with the smart arsenals. But a bigger war will be with information and controlling sense and emotions of human beings. In the darkest scenario – eliminating them.
I have no idea where the wake up with the rest of the world will come? In the west, we have the leaders enriching themselves and the press is rewarding events that really are not very special as somehow heroic.
The people that always hid behind a wall of secrecy with what they did are succumbing to a new type of PTSD.
The developed nations new variation of PTSD is called FAME.
Then again, you see the leaders living one way, posting photos of how important and noble their decision are, who will be out of office soon and amazing a small fortune with speaking fees that are like cashing in casino chits from friends.
The guy that went and did the actual deed.
He sees it happening over and over and one day asks, “why not me?”
Something happened after the Vietnam War inside America. I keep wondering exactly what it was. It is my generation that while we have received the benefit of many wonderful things and a much better way of life than our immigrant relatives years before –the country seems to be on a downward spiral of sorts.
Call it the fame game. With the advent of the Internet, it allows us all to have fairly even access to information. It also has the top tier benefiting greatly from the accolades of power and position.
The people at the bottom that helped the people at the top are saying, “Why can’t I have some of the pie too?”
It appears greed and pride is more powerful weapons than any bullet or bomb created.