Friday, September 3, 2010

War Hero Myth V Reality...

 Who's the kid?

Although thoroughly and innately opposed to war (particularly the "voluntary" type- and, yes, I much rather laud the efforts of "working class heroes"), there are, nevertheless, some desperately awesome things that human beings do when thrust into the absolute insanity that is war. Hollywood chooses to accentuate the visual and glamorize the "warrior ethos;" the reality is much more mundane, the destruction  prevalent well beyond the battlefield...

Perhaps one day, Hollywood, The History Channel, Washington, DC, etc will focus less on wartime theatrics and more on the heroism of those at home who choose to challenge the policies of death, the economics of greed, and the worship of all things material- America's one true religion.

2 comments:

Rex Lisman said...

I'm gonna say he's Audie Murphy.

Stan B. said...

And you'd be right- the exact epitome of what every Hollywood action movie hero looks like...