Wednesday, February 13. 2008
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I really liked the direction of the class discussion yesterday about “Soldier’s Home” and the issues it raises. Specifically, I really liked some of your insights about the ways in which society is beginning to change, as well as why it is changing.
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+ How is our society’s reaction to war (and wartime conditions) different than it was in World War I? Are we more conflicted, or does war help bring us together? How do we feel, as a nation, about our soldiers, our interests, and our place in the world?
+ War was a daily reality for people living a century ago, and they responded in noticeable ways. Does our current situation affect your daily life? How/why/why not?
+ When Krebs comes home, he feels as though he cannot relate to the people or society that surrounds him. Do you feel that soldiers coming home from long battles feel the same way? What can we do to help people re-adjust to society?
+ When you experience hardship, who do you rely on for support? Do you withdraw and reflect, or do you seek connections with other people? What determines your choice of support (internal vs. external)?
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Today when asked about the war, we as Americans talk about how sad that it is that so many innocent lives are being taken, how we think that the soldiers should come home, or even that we support our government’s decision to send our husbands, brothers, and sons into war. But unless you are personally involved in the war day to day or personally know someone fighting hundreds of miles away, we do not think about the war on a daily basis. Sure, we buy the yellow ribbons, attend the funerals, and send our condolences to the grieving families, but society today in contrast to the early 20th century, is not affected by the war the way it should be. I believe that war still brings us together in a sense, but not at all like it did so many years ago. There are no more parades in honor of those alive and dead nor is the media all consumed in the gory details of a day in the life of a soldier as it is in the much more interesting life of say a certain fallen pop star. People are so consumed in their own selfish actions that they do not have time to focus on something apart from themselves for more than a few days. Also, people are much more pessimistic about the realities of war. In contrast to the romantic outlook on war in the 1910s when being a soldier was popular because it meant you were noble, strong, and respected; people now see that soldiers are actually broken, affected, and emotionally damaged.
When Krebs comes home, he is a different man from the one that left his mother’s house before the war. Krebs has become withdrawn, unhappy, and is forced to lie through his teeth to avoid hurting the ones who loves him most. Like Krebs, most soldiers experience difficulties in transitioning from the harsh conditions of the war to life at home where it is ok to cry and break down. While serving, you are taught to become calloused or crack under the weight of the emotional hardships. Because of this, most soldiers find it hard to interact with their friends and family again because they couldn’t possibly understand what he went through. In the story, Krebs finds it much more effective interacting with fellow soldiers who understand and share his experiences. A good way for soldiers like Krebs to slowly begin that transition into normal life is to talk about their experiences with people who will listen. Even if they do not understand, the soldier will feel much better to be able to talk about the things they went through in the nightmare that is war.
In my view, war is last on the list of priorities that any nation should have, because it only brings suffering to the nation and to the American families. Our society is split in half when there’s are war because there are the ones that wish for peace through another matter, and there are those that think resorting to violence is the best way to overcome a situation. The reaction will always be intense at the beginning, but as time passes, the modern age will only see it as another political matter, but if there’s a love one that goes to war, everyone will feel insecure. The war absolutely does not bring us as a nation together because some will oppose it and some will support, which causes a strong impact domestically too. Well, as we see the government does little, to help the soldiers that return from combat. There are thousands of war veterans that helped to protect our freedom, but they are left to rot on the streets, and this is unacceptable because they are supposed to be great heroes. Heroes live in a great or at least decent life, and they are never supposed to live on the streets. During WWI and other wars, people would have to wake up to the fear of being attacked by enemy forces or the lost of a loved one. This thought will always remain in their minds until there is constant peace. The current situation that our nation has to deal with, does not affect me or most of my peers unless they have experienced a lost love. We only respond to crucial situations if we are somehow personally linked, which excludes being a citizen of this nation.
A soldier will always be seen as a savior since they have accomplished one of the greatest deeds to protect their nation. I do not know of any soldiers that returned from combat, but I am sure that they feel the same way because war zone views and civilization views are completely different. The soldiers always wake up to the fear of losing a friend or their own lives, but at home these thoughts are gone. The adjustment must be hard based on the time that they spent over seas, in other countries, and environments. The only way that we can help the men and women that return from the war is first, having the support from the government. When I experience hardship, I usually go to my friends in the middle, which are not the really good ones or the acquainted ones. They are usually easier to confide to because they have more opinions and advices, then my more bias friends.
When the topic of war is brought up in any situation, the outcomes are unpredictable. Some people promote war and believe that it stirs constructive problems that need to be faced. However, when one is asked about his or her opinions of war, one would most likely give a cynical remark in a disapproving manner. The feelings towards war nowadays compared to those during World War I are vastly different. World War I was a tragic event that caused many problems in all parts of the world which led to the conclusion that war was something no one wanted. Even though many believe this same theory today, the actions towards war between these two time periods are extremely dissimilar. During World War I, people were astounded by the damages caused by war but were much more relieved when it was over than we are today. We do not celebrate the termination of the various wars and act as if we are somewhat ignorant to them.
A century ago, war was part of one’s daily life. Now that we are currently in a war at the moment in Iraq, we all have some sort of idea of how people felt a century ago. World War I is obviously a much more horrific war compared to the War in Iraq however, war is war and no matter the intensity, it still affects everyone’s daily life. The War in Iraq has become one of the most controversial topics of this century and has affected millions of lives. Politicians are now trying to win people’s votes by discussing their escape route from the War in Iraq to appeal to the citizens. As a result, war is war and it affects all people whether they are in a soldier’s full uniform with the fear of death in the back of their mind or sitting at a desk writing how war affects the world.
Our society today reacts to war as if it was nothing. No one gives the respect that the soldiers deserve to get for fighting for the freedom of our country. We as a nation think that the soldiers are doing what they are getting paid to due, but in reality they are in the military because they want to serve our country and help our country prosper. War is something that always happens since the beginning of time, but the difference of us today than those a century ago are that we don’t throw parades, we don’t honor them’ and we don’t cherish them as they use to. Why we don’t do the things of the past is because we don’t have time, some people are barley making a living, and we just have too much things in our way to see what the reality of things that are happening in the world today.
Soldiers today and back then are all going through the same feelings of war because they see things they never thought they would see in their whole life, but when it does they don’t know how to handle it so the disconnect themselves from society. The way we can help those soldiers that are going through those rough times is by helping them and being there for them when they need use most because if you were in that situation you would want someone there to help you. When I go through hard times I know who to go to because I have a cousin (named Matthew) in who I look up, my parents, and I have to say in having a psychologist it helps me open up even more to someone. Everyone needs someone to look to for help because they will look to the wrong things and get themselves into trouble; I have done stupid stuff, but I am so thankful to have someone here to go to because they have helped me become a better person.
In various ways, our society reacts differently to war today than it did to World War I. During World War I, a majority of the population chipped in and bought victory bonds or planted victory gardens but in the present day, only a handful of people are willing to help with the war effort. This might be attributed to the fact that there are no drafts right now and we think that the war does not affect us directly so we are reluctant to contribute. Also, we do not appreciate our soldiers as much as we did nearly a century ago. Nowadays, we hardly ever hear of any welcoming back celebrations for our soldiers upon their return. These changes are probably due to the fact that we have become more and more individualized; we do not care about anyone but ourselves anymore. Even though the reactions that we have to war have changed significantly, the effect of war has not varied. War always brings about controversy; there will always be a group of people who supports the government’s decision to wage war but there will also always be a group who thinks that war is never justified.
I would expect for every single soldier returning from war to have some difficulty fitting back into society. After all, the soldiers have seen death and some may have also taken the life of a complete stranger. The horrors of war can never be truly understood by anybody who has not seen battle but it is not hard to imagine how terrifying and emotionally straining it has to be. Therefore I would be utterly surprised if any soldier could go back to living their old lives-the ones they led before battle-immediately after they have returned. At this time, the people back home can make this transition back to daily life a lot easier for the soldier through many different methods. Something as simple as giving the soldier some time and space to readjust might be enough. If not, there is also a couple of other things that can be done, such as offering to listen to what the soldier has to say and getting the soldier to become active socially so that he would not dwell on the events of the war.
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I think that in general, are society has a negative reaction towards war. Especially today with our current situation, most people are against it. But most people don’t even pay attention in what’s happening. It’s totally different then how it was during WWI. Back then everyone knew what was going on, and most people tried to do their part to help out. And when the soldier came home, they celebrated, and when the war was over they celebrated as a nation. Not just the returnee just going drinking with their buddies or something now. They actually had parades and what not. I don’t think most people support our troops today, just because they don’t support the reason that they’re over there. The current war doesn’t affect my daily life at all. I think it is because it doesn’t directly affect me. I think it depends on what kind of person the returning soldier was. I don’t think that all returning soldier but be affect the same way that Krebs was, but here are probably a good amount of soldier that have been affected by what they witnessed in battle. I think a good way to prevent that from happening is to make sure returning soldiers are able to jump right back into society. Maybe by supplying or offering them jobs right when they come back, or make sure they stay involved with the community. When I experience hardships, I mostly rely on myself but I do tend to use my friends as support even if they don’t know it. I try to take care of problems myself and not let them effect me or my attitude.
When I experience hardship I rely on my friends and family to help and support me through my times of need. Depending on my situation I would withdraw and reflect or seek people. When I withdraw it is usually because I am scared and I need time alone to collect my thoughts. When I do this I try to look at a different aspect of the situation. I chose people to help me when I need moral support or when I know that someone has experience with what I’m dealing with at that point. People can help with some of the emotions that you may have bottled up. I find more comfort in friends and family because they are always there for you in times of need.
Now day’s war seems to be a separation between the country with some for war and many opposed to the war. Back in the 1940s war was when a country banded together and worked to achieve a common goal. Today war is not regarded in the same way as it used to be. As a country we feel disconnected from the war today because it is over there and out of sight for many. People do not show much care because they are not involved in it. When war heroes used to come back from active duty there used to be huge parades and they celebrated the men. Now people are happy they are back but its does not go much further than that.
War has been eminent throughout countless generations from the beginning of civilization to our current time in the twentieth century. No matter what history speaks about it, positively or negatively, it always occurs through violent actions that result in many negatively consequences. Our society, in our current time, often overlook the definition of war and act as if we knew everything about it for many of us often define ourselves as the protagonists while we ridicule the people with the opposing point of view as the antagonists. Our society is therefore more conflicted during times of war in which our own society degrades.
World War 1, the first Great War to end all wars turned out to be a complete exaggeration for battles are still active in places such as Iraq, Africa, Lebanon, exc. Regardless of world war 1 being futile and destructive, it did have its positive value in which soldiers were honored, respected and praised. This unfortunately: does not apply to our current thought of the soldiers in which many of us, even the hawkish people, are nonchalant towards any returning soldier from current wars after World War two; furthermore, our reluctance to care about our soldiers proves that many of us, regardless of our being a hawk or a dove, have interests elsewhere. For example: the hawks insist that war is the answer to all problems and disrespect all other opposing points of view; the doves, on the other hand, insist that war is evil under all circumstances without having adequate proof. Therefore, war separates us as to oppose each other.
War is neither good nor bad; it all depends on what a country is fighting for. If we had not fought the British in the American Revolution, America might still be a colony. If we did not fight Vietnam, we might have been able to improve economically in just years. Unfortunately; we are unable to recognize conception and often distrust each other. As a result, the current war in this century tears us apart and has also damaged our current society.
(David Ji / English per: 1)
Our society today reacts very differently to war than the people who were living during World War I. Back then, almost everyone was helping out with the war effort, even if they didn’t personally support the war, because they felt it was their patriotic duty. Everyone helped out by buying war bonds or making supplies or something else. Now, the majority of the nation is against the war, so they don’t help out. I think people today are too busy with their own lives to help the war effort. That is also why we don’t give as much praise to our soldiers. We no longer throw parades for soldiers or treat them with the respect they deserve. Most people today are too selfish and into their own lives to care about helping out with the war. Also, they say they support the soldiers, but what do they really do to help out? I think the reason we get in to wars in the first place is because Americans feel like they are better than the people in other countries and Americans feel like they have to go help out suffering nations even if it has absolutely nothing to do with America. Americans today live a much faster paced lifestyle and they don’t have time to stop everything and help out with the war like the people back then could.
The war does not affect my life the way WWI affected people’s lived back in the early 20th century. Back then, almost everyone knew someone who was fighting in the war, since it was such a global war. Thankfully, I don’t know anyone who is fighting in the war, so it isn’t constantly on my mind. I only think about the war when I hear something about it in the news or I hear someone else talking about it. I don’t wake up worrying about what is happening overseas. I personally don’t even feel like we are at war because most people don’t like to bring up the subject of war. The war hasn’t affected the way I live my daily life and I hope it never has to become a daily thing that I think about.
i have already give you my answers on paper so i'm just checking out other peoples answers and adding more to what i wrote.
i love laurens comment on how people are more intrested in the life of a fallen popstar, than the war. it's true and i'm one of the people that is guilty of thinking this, but i do feel guilty about them not being here with families, like i wrote on the paper i handed in to you, but i also think that the media only focuses on the bad things, like the battels and bombings, and i do belive that it has to do with what society is intrested in. people dont want to hear about the war because it brings them down and depresses them, espcially the people who have familiy and friends that are in the war. america should show more appreciation and support for our soldiers and instead of buying a magnet for our cars and yellow ribbong, we should do something else like donate old cell phones and phone cards, to send to our men so thay can talk to thier families more, and we should write letters to them thanking them for fighiting for us. in fact our class should do that mr.feraco, that should be and assignment.
i meant to say ribbons not ribbongs
i missed that when i read it over sorry
When war is brought up in any situation, people react differently to what the meaning of war actually is. There is a sheer difference to what people perceived war during both the World Wars and now. People were taken back from all the deaths and really gave in to the society to help the soldiers returning from war. We would hold parades, coming out on the streets to see our brave men motion across the roads as people praise and holler out their names. Now, we don’t appreciate our soldiers like they did years back. Yes, we buy yellow ribbons or have bumper stickers on our cars saying “support our troops” or “bring back our troops” and feel sorry and send our commiseration to the families who’s sons, husbands, and brothers are in war, but what does that do? I mean our headlines in the news are how Britney going to rehab. What has our world become? What we are doing now is not nearly what people did in the 20th century. People have become more busy and prioritized. The lives of people revolve around going to work, going to a meeting on time, taking care of their children, making sure their kids went to school on time, and so and so forth. We tend to think about ourselves. Never do we think about our soldiers, who are fighting for our country, not just because they’re paid to do so, but because they want to do so.
Honestly, I expect all soldiers to come home from war and have trouble fitting back into society as Walter Mitty felt. It makes complete sense that a soldier coming back from war would feel a little uneasy because they have witness death after death day after day. You can’t understand the horrors of war unless you’re actually there. I personally do not have any relatives or even friends that have experienced the horrors, but I sure know that it’s something they’d never want to relive again. Something like this does not bring the nation together because many people will stand in different sides. It brings chaos and destruction. It does nothing but move the world away from peace.
Our society's reaction today is much more different than it was in World War I. I think that many of us do not pay enough attention to the war and that it has just become another routine part of our lives to heard about the war on the news. As to whether war brings us together or makes us more conflicted can be looked from many different points of view. War can bring both good and bad consequences, such as the bringing together of a nation and the deaths of many friends and family members. The main split between the two situations regarding if the war brings us together or doesn't is society's support for or against the war. I think we can all agree on one thing, which is support for our troops who risk their lives for our country. I feel that we strongly support our troops, although we don't demonstrate as much as would should with parades or other public events.
I think that the ongoing war has very little if no effect on my daily life. The same can't be said for those families with loved ones currently fighting in the war. Many people are dying as a result of this war, which is not given as much attention as it should be. As for my life, nothing has changed as a result of the War in Iraq. Many people around my age do not pay any attention to the war. It just doesn't have as big as an impact on our lives today as it did in earlier wars, such as World War I. I hope that it comes to an end before it can make a big impact on our daily lives.
Most of my peers don't even think about the war; we can't feel it's influence on our daily lives. We switch on the television to find Iraq broadcasts on the news, but the war just feels far away. We have so many things going on that we just don't have time, or don't make time, to really care. The death counts are more-so shocking than devastating... it registers in our minds but I don't think it really HITS us. World War I was a less busy time period. Many people lolled around home and lived slow-paced lives. We really have to fight to survive. In a sense, most Americans today are fighting their own fights, and don't care about others'. That's the thing -- Many Americans feel like this isn't their war, and isn't our war to be fighting.
Most of the people who do care about the war revel in the political correctness of the war rather than appreciate the dedication and sacrifice of the soldiers. Somehow, my alarm clock settings changed, and I've been waking up to a variety of political shows every morning for the past two weeks. The talk show hosts do discuss war time conditions, but mostly dogmatically and didactically. I don't think there were many Glenn Beck's or Bill O Reilly's in the 1920's. People just had their ears to the radio, listening for news on the war. Today, the media is controlled by the far-left political party. The information we receive from the news stations on TV, newspapers, is very, very biased, highlighting the most negative aspects of the war. I'm not saying that the war is good, or war in general is good at all, but all of this warped information has done one thing for sure...and that is, it has made many people angry at George Bush and our government. War definitely does not bring a nation together: It tears families apart and splits the nation in two (pro-war and anti-war).
When I experience hardship, I talk to people I can trust or feel comfortable talking about it to. It depends on the situation, honestly. I don't feel comfortable talking to my parents about boys, which is a really pitiful hardship compared to soldiers at war, but... that's all I have to base on from my personal experience. When I'm stressed out about school, I can talk to anybody who is willing to listen and offer advice or comfort. (I think this is what a returning soldier is looking for). All of this is just venting, though. I've yet to experience real hardship such as death, family problems, or life-changing decisions, which is why I don't feel that I'm at a position to speak for an entire generation.
(One more thing.. just popped into my head...
Often times when I'm having conflicts with a friend, often times I won't talk to him or her directly, but instead I'll talk to nearly everyone else, and
sometimes when I feel like I'm having an identity crisis (seriously) or I just feel... angry and lost, I won't just start a conversation like "hey, I feel really angry and lost..." I'll just write in my blog, which sounds kind of stupid, but I know a lot of people do it. Then so many people respond by saying things like, "I feel the same way... I'm so glad somebody can be honest about it" Often times, these are people I hardly talk to. The point of this is, everyone should be able to relate on a human level, and we DO want people to know and understand, as the soldiers do.
The way people react to war time now in comparison is much different. The reaction is much all depending on how that person is involved, whether they have a family member in the service or a close friend. As in most cases of people things are different from the older days when people used to really support war because it helped the economy, but people only think of it as sending people to die for no real reason. People do not get involved by rationing or buying war bonds to support the war, but it shows the people within society are no longer being forced to support the war. They have of a choice of whether or not to support the war or oppose the war. Today many are choosing to place their attention towards other things that they care more about. This current war does affect me and everyone within this nation because we live in this country together. There in no way of not being manipulated by the media and others around on the issue of war.
When soldiers come back from war they have seen and been through many different experiences. They have trouble fitting back into society because there is no one that is able to understand what they have seen, which that has traumatized them so badly. The people who have not been in war do not know what it is like to see people dying every day, so they have no real way of trying to understand how soldiers feel. Some ways that society could be able to help would be to give the option of therapy for those who have gone to war and are having trouble understanding their feelings and the horrifying things they have seen. When I go through a rough time I look for support from friends and family, but with the soldiers we are their friends and we are not helping or supporting them in they we should be. Many times people who have problems think that there is nobody out there that can possibly help them. These are the people who tend to shut themselves out from society because they feel helpless and alone.
The difference between our society’s reaction and the one in WWI is that today, we do not praise the soldiers who fight for our country. We no longer ration food or fund for the war effort, we are too busy trying to live our own lives than worry about what is going on with the world around us. Back then, people wanted to fight in the war and support their country, today, people enlist in the war because they see no future ahead of them or maybe because they want to get out of school. However, when in time of war and conflict, I feel that half of our nation comes together to support our troops, while the other half view the war as a death camp for the troops. Many do support our troops, but they don’t show much appreciation toward their bravery.
With wars going on today, I feel that my daily life has not been affected at all because I am not fighting in the war, nor is my brother nor any of my other relatives, so I don’t really have much interest in how the war is progressing. I understand that back in WWI, pretty much everyone knew someone or was related to some soldier fighting in the war. This is why our response is dissimilar. I am able to live through life not having to worry that someone close to me will die, though to some extent, I feel sympathetic for those who have lost their loved ones in the war. Through all these years of fighting the war in Iraq, I would have never even known that this war was even occurring if I had not heard of it in the news. So I guess my daily life is not affected by war and I hope it stays that way.
As Mr. Feraco said, World War I did affect the every day lives of people. Woman, children, teens, and men thought about the war constantly and whether they would be safe in their homes or not. People would often fear the unknown when they heard planes or saw movies about war. During the war against the Middle East, the citizens of the United States aren't as concerned, or scared as those who lived through WWI. Perhaps it's because we trust our armies’ and doubt that something will ever locally affect us; or maybe we have this deep feeling of safety and assurance that stays with us from day to day. We take every day activities, like walking to and from school and the market for granted because we live with a “false sense of security.” Nowadays, families don't fear much about the war, some people don't even think about it everyday. We rarely give a thought to what the soldiers are giving up for us, or how much money, time and effort are being spent for the freedom and safety of our citizens. I’m not saying that we don’t respect our soldiers (because whether we support the decision to continue the war or not, everyone should always respect those who give up everything to fight or possibly die for us) but perhaps we need to create a more effective way of caring for them. We may support our troops, but when will we physically show our appreciation toward those who give up everything to give back so much? They give up everything for us, and we may host galas and events, but we could do so much more. When driving through Monrovia, you see the banners on every lamp post that have the name of a soldier in Iraq who is from Monrovia. But do you ever see a parade or attend a fundraiser to support them? We rarely show support beyond a magnetic ribbon, but we could show so much more support and thankfulness. We could raise money to ship more care packages, cell phones (like Melissa said), letters, and simple things just like that to show how much we care and appreciate all that they do for us. Plus, if we send them packages, they can feel connected to the nation, and they’ll know that we are all keeping them in mind, and are thankful for all that they do for us. Also, the nation will be coming together to create ways to show our appreciation. The war doesn’t have to be negative, if we all work together, we can bond here, while we thank all those who are fighting over there; which is very important.
As Robert said, “our society is a lot busier” than it was in World War I and everyone has his or her own business to take care of, so we tend to be less respectful, caring, and thankful to our soldiers. “We used to hold parades” for our returning soldiers from war. We used to present our brave soldiers with a lot more Medal of Honor than we do now. It seems like we don’t care about their braveries as much anymore. Every soldier who came home from World War I was regarded as a hero, and our government gave out 124 Medal of Honor to those especially valorous soldiers in years 1914-1918. Isn’t it strange that our government has only given out 3 Medal of Honor, and we have been at war in Iraq since 2003? Now, soldiers coming home are not treated as well, and sometimes they are treated as just some people who are done with jobs for our country and who need to get back to normal life on their own. In World War I, everyone, including blacks, women, and children, was in the war, and everyone did something to help out the nation. The Great War brought millions of deaths to the world, but it also brought a country with diverse cultures and conflicts of all kinds together. We were proud, patriotic Americans, who worked together to live through the hard wartime. I feel that now we’ve change. Our nation, as a whole, is not treating our brave soldiers as respectfully as they deserve. We are not as interested in them as we once were. We are not together as a country. We are people who have our own business to take care of. And we are too busy to celebrate for the returns of those who fought fearlessly for our country. America might be standing in a better and stronger place in the world now, but Americans are weaker and more selfish than we once were.
The current War on Terrorism has an impact on our society and nation that is different from that in the World War I. Untied States’ goal in World War I was simple, to defeat the Central Power and recover lost Allied territory. It gained popular support from Americans and other countries including Britain, France and Russia. In contrast, the United States’ goal in the current War on Terrorism is contentious as viewed by some people. The War on Terrorism gained much international support initially following the 9/11 attack but it was significantly decreased after the controversial 2003 invasion of Iraq. World War I was viewed by people at the time as the liberation of people against imperialism but the current war is viewed by some people as a justification for reducing civil liberties and infringing human rights. World War I introduced United States to the world as a major world power and gained favor for assisting the Allied in the war. In contrast, the War on Terrorism created more international oppositions and damaged the image of United States in the world especially in the Middle East.
Another difference between World War I and War on Terrorism is that there isn’t a specific belligerent country in the current war; instead, the enemies are combatants that are almost undetectable among non-combatants. The War on Terrorism is an unconventional war involving guerrilla warfare, sabotage, abduction of civilian and extensive intelligence activities that is different from a conventional war.
People's view on the two wars are very different, during the World War I, people waited outside army recruiting stations and were eager to fight, compare to the current situation that people do not want to join the army. It is because of the intention of the War on Terror is disputed, media coverage on the war are mostly negative and an absent of a mandatory conscription. People’s life in the United States are almost unaffected by the war compare to what happened in the World War I. During World War I, rationing and night blackout were in effect, people worked and turned civilian industries into wartime industries to support the war effort: car factories turned to produce military vehicles and shipyards produced warships, people avoided travelling to Europe because of the German U-boats and people avoided using cars to save energy. Nowadays, there is no rationing, no blackouts, factories remained the same, new Mercedes continue to produce and amount of oil required is increasing. Thanks to the intelligence services and agents working everyday to protect the interest of America, people’s life can be remained the same and unaffected. I personally do not encourage war but I believe that the War on Terrorism is inevitable and it does separate us from each other because of different beliefs and views on the war.
When I experience hardship in life, I pray and rely on the support of god; I pray and hope god will give me the courage and power to overcome the obstacle. I also communicate with my friends because I know they will understand and help me. In some cases, I discuss the problem with my parents and seek for solutions because I know they might have experienced similar things before.
Compared to the mindset of the public back during World War I, I believe today’s society is more freethinking since our values and morals have changed throughout history. Because of this liberal way of thought, I think it may bring more conflicts during wartime since more people are willing to express their feelings about a conflict while it would have been greatly looked down upon if a person had a different mindset before. As a nation, I feel that overall we are proud of them but they do not seem to get as much recognition as they did in the past. It also appears that we are more attached to our own self-interests in terms of safety and have a strong desire to feel secure and hold a stable place in society. As far as war conditions go, I will say they have both drastically improved and become more horrifying at the same time. Our medical abilities far exceed past methods with new technology and medical knowledge along with the ability to quickly transport someone out of danger. On the other hand, war weapons have become just as equally advanced, making them more deadly allowing them to cause more damage.
When reading about wars and conflicts in History books and comparing it with our situation today, it seems absolutely nothing like what people had faced back then. Today we are not constantly living in fear of being attacked and we appear to continue our lives as normal. One example of this would be the mass marketing of goods while people continue to spend their money on luxuries when citizens in the past had to ration the amount of food they ate and were limited to the bare essentials so more could be provided to troops. We definitely do not see this today, and since it does not affect us on such a direct level, it feels as though life is still normal; it is like the saying “Out of sight, out of mind”. And while of course we still have propaganda today and even more ways to spread it, it does not hold as strong of an influence anymore because our methods of communication has expanded. Back then, the public depended mostly on radios and newspaper for information, which did not place them as close to the event and they had to rely on few sources for information. Newspapers were tweaked back then to hide secrets and keep morale high but with the internet, instant sharing of documents and social sites today, the average citizen can get a good look at the truth and make their own decisions based on what they see for themselves.
I normally rely on my friends for support and opinions as to what I should do. I also try to reflect on my own but I do not withdraw from my friends since their opinions may show me a different side of the conflict that I might not realize myself. My friends often act as a vent so I can clear my mind as well. I would say my choice of support is cut 60/40 for internal vs. external but I am not ruled by what my friends tell me since I will completely ignore their advice if I find it unreasonable (or if I am just being stubborn).
Society reacts differently now to war than it did before. Before, war veterans were considered as heroes and were treated with respect by many people. A whole town would throw parades for people coming back from the war. Now, however, parades for soldiers coming back rarely happen. The soldiers aren’t treated with as much respect as before, and not all soldiers are considered to be heroes. However, both past and present wars reunited the country, bringing everyone together and displaying jingoism. For example, the attack on Pearl Harbor, even though got the U.S. into the war, united the country unlike ever before. Also, the attack on the Twin Towers unified the country, as more and more people hung up American flags and such.
When Krebs returned home, he feels isolated and different from everyone, including family members. He has trouble opening up and telling other people his stories, and because of this, he closes himself off from the rest of the world. He also has problems adapting to society, since he’s been away from it for so long. One way to help him get out of this phase is to have him talk to a war veteran or someone else that came home from the war. Since they both have something to relate to, it helps both of them. Krebs also can go and visit a psychiatrist to help him open up, because all he needs is someone to listen to.
In America, we react to wars differently depending on the reason we are fighting for. In our century war does not unite us but rather separates us. There are many people who think that there are people who do not support the troops but I think almost all Americans do support the troops. Someone can support the troops but not the war. There is a difference between the wars being fought in this century than in the WWI century because each war is fought for different reasons. As a nation I think we are more separated because we have become more cynical. We are more aware of things and capable of creating our own opinions rather than blindly following someone else’s.
In our life I don’t think the war has changed us in any way like it use to during WWI. Our lives don’t change as much; we still continue with our daily lives. We notice that the war is going on but it doesn’t affect us that much. I think as a nation we are busier; we do more work and more Americans want to be rich. It has affected us in a way that the war is taking our money away and creating a huge deficit in our government. In our century wars do affect us a little but not too much.
I think a soldier coming home from a long battle will feel that they aren’t able to fit into society anymore. The pace of a soldier who is fighting is different from the pace at home. To help the soldier adjust I think they should be constantly funded by the government and put into a place where other soldiers are around. I think most soldiers will feel comfortable with people who are the same as them who are capable of talking in the same plane as them.
The way society today reacts to war compared to the way society reacted to World War I is completely different yet in some aspects the same. During WWI, the collective will of the entire United States when Peal Harbor was bombed by the Japanese, happened again on September 11th when the World Trade Center was destroyed. It united the people of the nation to have one collective mindset against the attackers. In peacetimes, the people of a nation will always disagree on something and argue about it. When war rolls around, however, the will of the people tends to be united. However in the recent times, the nation doesn’t connect themselves very closely to the war their nation is fighting. People these days don’t worry about something that is happening half way across the world and focus more on their surroundings and what their daily job is. Everyone continues their daily lives as if the war is just a figment of someone else’s imagination.
Back in the days less than a century ago, when soldier came back from hell, which happens to be the same thing as war, there would be huge parades and celebrations. The people of the city would come out and greet the returning heroes of the war. The soldiers would wear their uniforms around town and be treated as celebrities. In the current 21st century, soldiers are much for insignificant and much more unappreciated. If a soldier returns home from firefights and life threatening situations, no one really cares. People wouldn’t respect the uniform like they would use to in the past. They are treated as nameless fighting machines doing their job.
Different time period people have different reaction to the war. When World War I was fought. The society was more supportive to the war and to the soldiers. When soldiers were fighting the war, women and kids and other worker were working hard in United State to make things that will help to win the war. When the soldiers came back from the war, people will hold parades to welcome them and thanks them for fighting the war. Now days, people are more selfish. People tent to think less about a whole nation, instead, they will think about the benifit they get. Most wars were very coastly and the money spending on wars were commming form the taxes citizens pay. There for most people don't support the war. Peole now days have busy life, there are no time to hold a parade for soldiers that come back from the war.
Compare to the past, war was fought differently now days. Back then, war was fought by guns knife and people, but now, war was fought by using atomic bomb, air plane, machine gun, gas posine, and other violent wepeans.
Hi Mr. Feraco, Melissa and I are looking for the blog #2 that's due tommorow night. Have you posted it yet?
For me a hero is a person who has done something that stand outs and sacrifices themselves in order to benefit others. Heroism is when a person is selfless and cares for a better society. The people that I see as heroes are the ones who sacrifice themselves and their daily lives in order to help a certain group of people or person. Heroes to me are hard-working and have internal courage. The ones that I see are heroic are the ones who can lead a group of people into the correct way of lifestyle. They are the ones who help more for the people than themselves. Most of my heroes are stereotypically heroic; they mostly have the same attributes and characteristics.
I don’t think one has to be worthy of legend. It’s the choice of each person to become a hero. I think anyone can become a hero if they tried but it’s a matter of who wants to and who doesn’t want to. What is appealing about heroism is that it gives a person a goal to look up to. People can use examples of heroism in order to incorporate it in our daily lives, so we are able to flow into society better. We respect our heroes because they did more for us; they are the ones who shaped our world, country and community. They are the examples that are being set for future generations to imitate.
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