The Loss of Valor

We, the grand United States of America have evolved beyond ourselves.

We fought the great World War, killing the Japanese because they were a government who condoned torture. The Germans blamed their ills on a single race. They militarized their government and their economy. They spied on their own people.

These evils incited in our fathers and grandfathers actions that only the desperate or the honorable shoulder, to subordinate oneself to a cause that was greater than any single life, no matter how dear.

Thousands gave their lives, spilling their blood on beaches and woods across the globe for the single reason, that the children of this planet must never again know the horror of the loss of freedom. That, perhaps, we would retire to a life devoid of the horrors of war and the blatant failure of justice at the hands of  tyrants.

We found victory and the future of the world was held in our bloodied hands.

With the world at stake, we felt justified to torture. We built a machine to listen, to subvert, to kill. The machine became greater than the people, greater than the law, and soon, it turned its eyes on America.

We kill people who are faceless, from “command centers” by remote control. We are far distant from the cries of pain, the screams of the wives and the children who survive. We are soldiers on a nightmarish video game.

Our valor, our honor, our reason, are set aside as man’s worst tendencies play out on a computer screen.

What becomes of a power who fights elements of evil, only to become the very thing that they once defied?

Is it too late?

 

Scott Cahill

Morality, Honor, and Fear

Morality is a framework that we design for ourselves. The variety of manifestations of morality are diverse and, sometimes, unthinkable. Who would conceive of a morality that condones suicide bombings? Who would think of a morality that hides the abuse of children or promotes hatred of others for reasons as frivolous as skin color or sexual preferences.

Honor, though, is not so pliable. We each understand at some base level right from wrong. We each are capable of empathy. We understand honor, and, though sometimes men can be brought to commit acts that are contrary to honor, always, these are the bastardization of honor by feigned morality.

Too often I hear men without honor who profess their morality. This allows for so very many acts that are contrary to mans’ inherent selves. Such abandonment of honor can only be palatable because some adopt a moral stance that has overwhelmed their sense of honor.

Subordinate honor has lead to the failures of great nations and the loss of intellectual treasure. It is the greatest failure of the human race. Yet it continues, unimpeded in it’s insidious erosion of all that is good, like a fungus spreading to the soul of humanity.

I have said that there are but two elemental components of the human soul. They are Honor and Fear. Fear displaces honor. Honor displaces fear. They are the yin and yang of ancient Chinese philosophy. They are the dark and the light of the world.

Each of us begin with a balance of these two components, and it is up to us to find the equilibrium that best suites ourselves. Fear can be a fine thing. Safety and comfort have value.

I choose to dispel fear. I find it enslaving. It is the ultimate evolution to reach a place where fear no longer resides within oneself. It is a freeing thing when one can, at last, face life and death without the detriments of fear. I challenge myself to walk as Kennedy walked, and as Martin walked, with the understanding that there are things more dear than life. There are things that only may be addressed by those who are able to live without fear.

Scott Cahill