A Memorial Day for Those Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice In Non-violent Resistance (Like Some Really Well Known Dead People Who Live In Our Hearts)

On Memorial Day we think
(if we think between picnics,
boating, volleyball and beer)
of “ultimate sacrifice” in
military terms, like “died for
the country in combat,” but
what about those who sacrificed
themselves in non-violent
resistance worldwide in history
to demagoguery, political
treachery, oppressive Empire
or just plain bad decisions
made for the most dubious
of political reasons to
send men and women into
harm’s way unnecessarily at
a human cost the depth of
which grief knows no bottom?
An English professor asked
me that once a long time ago
and I’m still seeking an answer.
Some would say that we
honor those regularly, daily,
weekly, monthly, annually….
Do we really? Just asking the
question my old professor
asked.

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One thought on “A Memorial Day for Those Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice In Non-violent Resistance (Like Some Really Well Known Dead People Who Live In Our Hearts)

  1. Long have nations valorized the war-dead … a calculated effort to ease the conscience … something we humans excel in, especially when it comes to our sacred violence. As for those who would stand in the way? Well, now, we’ll just call them unpatriotic, or even cowardly. Such is the drive for self-justification by the nations, that those who know better must be denied, sent to jail, beaten up, and maybe even lynched. As for the soldiers moldering away, dead men tell no tales … or so we hope, lest they burst the bubble in which we carry on with politics and our wars.

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