Duty

Duty

(from “due” meaning “that which is owing”; Latin: debere, debitum, whence “debt”) is a term that conveys a sense of moral commitment or obligation to someone or something. The moral commitment should result in action; it is not a matter of passive feeling or mere recognition. When someone recognizes a duty, that person theoretically commits themself to its fulfillment without considering their own self-interest. This is not to suggest that living a life of duty entirely precludes a life of leisure; however, its fulfillment generally involves some sacrifice of immediate self-interest. Typically, “the demands of justice, honor, and reputation are deeply bound up” with duty.

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As if these men should ever have to thank any of us—as if they should ever have to express a single word of gratitude to us who have followed them.

Bob Greene – Duty

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Thursday March 20

I’m not much of a Netflix watcher, although I do love the idea. I’ve sometimes wondered why no one has thought to do that with books. Pay a small monthly fee and read to your hearts content

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Then I Discovered…Scribd.

For $8.99 a month (less than the price of one paperback) you can read a whack of books, magazines, brochures, books, legal and political documents, books, maps, recipes, essays and of course…BOOKS (of every genre)

‘But Moose’, you say, ‘what’s Scribd. really like? Is it worth the money?’

Let me put it this way…

When I was a little kid, my family would travel North to Cobalt Ontario and visit our Gramma and Uncle Ed. We children had a lot of time on our hands. When my brother and sister and I weren’t trying to fall into old mine shafts (or picking blueberries), we could be found out in the back shed, reading comic books. There were so many comics in that little shed that you had to climb over piles of books just to get into it. Then, after finally having selected one from the many, you’d snuggle your butt deep into into the pile of books (instant easy chair) and read

Scribd. is like that. It’s Messy and ya gotta dig for your treasures…but…there are many to be found and once you get comfortable with it, Scribd. is a cozy place to read a good book

I just finished a poignant and powerful biography called Duty

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The writer, Bob Greene, tells the story of two old warriors; his father, Major Robert B. Greene Sr. (91st Infantry Division) and Brigadier General Paul Tibbets USAF (Ret.)

These names may be unfamiliar to you and, now that both men have passed, that’s not likely to change. They were of a generation of men and women who survived the Great Depression (you remember…when Wall Street Speculators ruined the economy and caused massive unemployment…no, not that one…further back) and a Second World War

In fact, Colonel Tibbets (his rank in 1945) actually fired the first of two shots that ended the war

The book takes place when the men are in the Winter of their lives. Older, slower, unsteady on their feet and hard of hearing. They have become shadow people who pass unnoticed, except for being an occasional obstruction, in the fast paced world of the truly young and ignorant. The only people who seem interested in what these men have to say are people of the same age. Those who understand because they also lived those years, shared those experiences and share the values

Here are some of their words…

“I think most people in the generation I come from are like me,” he said. “I grew up being taught that there’s only one way to do things—the right way.

We don’t hear our leaders saying that much anymore, do we. Here’s another quote on good management principles

“‘Organize, Delegate, Supervise, Check’”

Some of their words resonated deep within me, reminding me that we have had a free ride because of what these folks accomplished and for the most part we’ve been asleep at the wheel (maybe we were distracted by the cell phone stuck to our ear)

As he looked upon the things he didn’t like—the carelessness of contemporary society, the lack of respect for institutions, the every-man-for-himself mentality that made millionaires and cultural heroes of go-for-broke financial flimflam artists, and consigned people who played by the old rules and followed the chain of command to lives of modest means and subdued anonymity—I could tell that there were days when he questioned what he and his fellow soldiers had fought and won the war for.

You know those flimflam artists Bob’s talking about. They’re everywhere. They’re hard to spot but their actions usually have several common denominators; they’re anti-Life, anti-sharing and they leave behind a stench that can’t be masked…

Encana’s water permits for B.C. Fracking illegal, lawsuit alleges

Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson Sues To Block Water Tower That Might Supply Fracking Operations

Syncrude iPhone App Teaches Kids To Stop Worrying And Love The Oil Sands

Critics raise concerns over oil industry involvement in Alberta curriculum redesign

Scholars denounce Conservatives’ proposed Fair Elections Act

How Bill C-45 weakens our environmental laws and democracy

Oh yeah, they’re everywhere…and they’re into everything

These greasy, behind the scenes, manipulators have been bilking us (another old school term) forever. For-eh-ver

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And they want it ALL

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They’ve even gone after that which is owed, as a debt (duty bound), to Canada’s veterans

Veterans don’t have social contract, Ottawa says in lawsuit response

Can you imagine that? The chisellers send you off to war and then it’s ‘Thanks for coming out’ and a kick in the pants

And the veterans (both old and young) are really struggling. They may even feel terribly alone…but they’re not, because we’re all struggling

So, what’s to be done?

My idea is that we all get together and help the veterans first. They need our support immediately (Suicide Rate In Canadian Military Expected To Rise Next Decade)

It’s an easy fix too

Everyone says that they Support Our Troops…you hear it all the time…so everyone is on board, right? Even the Prime Minister is talking about it

On that day, Canada will recognize those who fought, remember those who fell and salute all those who contributed to this 10-year mission,Harper said. We will stand together and honour the strength of our men and women in uniform. We will honour the strength of the Canadian families who have faced heart-wrenching loss.

Well that’s good Stevie Baby because these people should never have to beg (or launch lawsuits) to get what is due to them. That which was promised to them before they left to fight Our War

Of course now that the leader of the free north has uttered a call to arms, it is our duty to Take Action

It’s our Duty

How?

Call your local MP…write them a letter…send them an e-mail…and tell them that you insist that they provide our troops and veterans with the long-term financial and medical support that a returning warrior deserves

Then, let the PM know that you’re on board with him by adding him and Julie (Minister of Veteran Affairs Julian Fantino) to your mailing list (they’ll thank you for “standing together to honour the strength of our men and women in uniform”)

Then get your friends to do it

If we all do that…just one letter each, we will truly be honouring our veterans (and their families) as is their due

You’ll be helping yourselves too…because those same veterans, both young and old, are precisely the people who have the sense of Honour and Duty necessary to lead us in changing everything else for the better…

If you hear this message, wherever you stand

Calling every woman, calling every man

We’re the generation, and we can’t afford to wait

The future started yesterday and we’re already late

John Legend – ‘If You’re Out There

Goodnight all

Moose and Wendle

P.S.

Together we can accomplish anything

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