To Our Service Men: For all You Do


I’m going to use some awesome words from GK Chesterton. Words against what now seems normal to use against the men and women of our Armed Forces. This is a little dose of Truth about humanity, and why they do not and will not understand….

“The prophet who is stoned is not a brawler or a marplot. He is simply a rejected lover. He suffers from an unrequited attachment to things in general.”

…The two absolutely basic words “good” and “bad”, descriptive of the two primal and inexplicable sensations, are not, and never have been, used properly. Things that are bad are not called good by any people who experience them; but things that are good are calle bad by the universal verdict of humanity.”

“I have found that humanity is not incidentally engaged, but eternally and systematically engaged in throwing gold into the gutter and diamonds into the sea. I have found that every man is disposed to call the green leaf of the tree a little less green than it is, and the snow of Christmas a little less white than it is; therefore I have imagined that the main business of a man, however humble, is defense.”

“Now it has appeared to me unfair that humanity should be engaged perpetually in calling those things bad which have been good enough to make other things better, in everlastingly kicking down the ladder by which it has climbed.”

I admit. What he’s talking about primarily is the world, and what it is, and who we are.  But I also find it true of everything that mankind rejects with the cowardly violence of an ad hominem critic. He not only lashes out at the ladder by which he arose out of misery, but also at  the pillars that support his freedom.

Here is a visual essay (organized by your servant, pics provided by our Armed Forces) which shows why the US Armed Forces is the strongest argument against “The Universal Verdict of Mankind” that we have.  Enjoy!  Thank you Veterans and Service Men and Women for all you have done, and all you do!

By U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 3rd Class Timothy F. Sosa [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

By U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 3rd class Brian P. Smarr. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

By U.S. Navy photo [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

By Pfc. Crystal Madriz [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

By U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jake Berenguer [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsU

By CPL Tatum Vayavananda [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

I want to thank in particular, the US Navy for their wide selection of photographs to choose from, the quality of the photography itself, and making them accessible to the public. I tried to be representative of all the forces, but it was hard to find good shots for all. I promise I mean to include all armed forces here.

Military police at the end of the day with buglers sounding retreat pull down the U. S. flag at the “Little White House” portico, residence of President Harry S. Truman during the Potsdam Conference in Germany. Griebnitz Lake is in the background. This work is in the public domain in the United States because it is a work prepared by an officer or employee of the United States Government as part of that person’s official duties under the terms of Title 17, Chapter 1, Section 105 of the US Code. See Copyright.


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