Untitled”, because I do not feel that words from any language can fully express my sentiment of disbelief. When will it be enough?
Terrorists are brainwashed or coerced into battle, so we are told. They are taught to uphold and protect what is right or just in the eyes of their leaders. They are willing to sacrifice their life or kill for a professed greater-good. How is that any different for the children of our armed forces?
Our military engagement is used with a questionable agenda and to easily from my perspective. It has been deployed throughout my lifetime by each administration. People do not seem to understand what that means. Would you associate icons like Kennedy with using bio-chemical weapons or attribute Reagan with being condemned for the unlawful use of force by an international court? As a result, this creates greater hardship rather than greater good.
Warmongers instill fear to diverted funding into their pockets. War is beneficial to those who financially win off of the human sacrifice that they easily distance themselves from. I am uncomfortable with the global development of such destructive methods that are designed to kill us. They are also commoditized and venerable to misuse or accidents.
Everyone willingly supports armament and the killing of innocent people through his or her tax dollars. Take a moment to absorb that truth. They then wonder why hostility is bestowed on their nation. Maybe it is time to pay attention and hold governing officials accountable for their actions. They are using our money.
Turn off the distractions and demand to be included in the conversation. We need to support high standards and hold our news outlets responsible for informing our citizens, instead of pushing propaganda and defrauding a nation. Learn how our government interferes with the peace process, even when they seem to be supporting it.
Morally war does not make sense. It is an archaic mindset. Killing people or being killed in battle is not heroic; it is barbaric and heartless.
I would rather see our tax dollars used in armies that uplift societies by building infrastructure, schools and public facilities. Teach constructive, not destructive, skills to those willing to serve. Create a humanitarian bulldozing machine that is ready at a moment’s notice to combat disaster. It will better serve us as we face greater climate change issues. This will be the type of elevating patriotism that I can stand behind.
Popular mobilization is effective in the face of great opposition. It encourages action to a question, and this is a question that we need to address. Let us stop military squandering and its disproportionate budget. Instead, let’s shift the resources. We can create armies whose sole purpose is to heal and spread goodwill. Generosity is something everyone can honorably support. It is an easy transition to make if we add volume to the conversation and support a repurposing and rebranding of our armed forces.
To remind us of the true cost of war, a metal structure with the image of the American flag on four sides will stand ten feet tall. Portraits of soldiers who are mostly young children, killed in Iraq, will be juxtaposed against the blue field where our states are represented by stars. The portraits, including name, birth and death dates, will alternate to commemorate each sacrifice.
Randomly you will hear a trumpet start playing Taps. The first bars will be clear. Then a second trumpet will begin playing, then a third and a forth. They will play in a round like a children’s song; however, instead of being in harmony they will sound in discord.
My sadness deepened while working on this piece and getting to know four soldiers who lost their life in Iraq. It is within our reach to stop the hardship that war creates. We will all sleep better at night if we direct more and more resources towards peaceful actions. Let us phase out adversity by sustaining compassionate and caring societies. We owe it to one and other, especially since it is what we all desire and because it is the right thing to do.
A model of this piece was shown at the Cambridge Arts Council Gallery in Massachusetts for art in public places. The exhibition was titled, “Dimensions Varied; Site Fixed”. Curated by Mary Sherman.