inafoxhole (inafoxhole) wrote,
inafoxhole
inafoxhole

courage of atheism

This is a lovely blog entry about Pat Tillman.

I have had people tell me recently that heroes are stupid, and this was specifically in the context of Pat Tillman, and that bridge collapse in Minnesota. That kinda of attitude is more than a shame. It's pointedly selfish and immoral, and it always makes me a little sick to my stomach that that kind of opinion is tolerated and found acceptable.

And this has nothing to do with my opinion about being in either Afghanistan or Iraq. I may object to many things about our military presence in the Middle East, but when you believe that something needs to be done, there is nothing more heroic about accepting that risk when there is no safety net. If we must blame someone for our presence in the Middle East, blame those who put us there, not the people who believed the kernel of truth in their lies.

No, courage is always smart because it sees beyond the self. It is only stupid to see nothing beyond your own nose, because then you really are alone.
Tags: courage, links, middle east, pat tillman
Subscribe

  • Paul Feyerabend

    I was listening to an audiobook called "Dimensions of Scientific Thought", which was generally a good history of the development and methods of…

  • don't know much about religion...

    The recent survey about Americans religious knowledge should come as no surprise to anyone if they stopped to think about it without their…

  • singled out again

    This week at work (where I teach), I found these two flyers below on the windshield of my car. My car only, not anyone else's car. The flyers, if you…

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your IP address will be recorded 

  • 0 comments