November 11, 2010
I admire the courage of people who put their lives on the line,
who act on the principle that their group, their community, their country is important,
more important than their own safety.
I've walked on many battlefields, felt awe at the commitment and bravery of soldiers who fought there.
And I've read many books about the Civil War and other struggles in my country
and I am convinced that the average soldier joined their cause because of a feeling we call patriotism
Which is not so much about a philosophy as it is about geography.
A connection with a place, loyalties toward the familiar and the loved.