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You have been assimilated

Remember that one?  The Borg protagonist from Star Trek. I found them the most annoying, scary of Kirk and friends enemies.  I thought of that when I visited Bam-bam’s old blog. (2011 Cry Out Loud) It was about Veteran’s Day.  It was sad to visit a missing friend yet the post seemed current for a different reason.He was think about the past dead and felt it important to consider their past contributions and his responsibility.  In it was a poem we all heard, at least the first paragraph, but he quoted it in its entirety.

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

John McCrae

Every once in a while we here the Star Spangled Banner’s other stanzas and it changes some perspective with the added information.  The last paragraph did that for me today.  It seem to speak to the present day in a prescient way.

We’ve become more educated or at least differently educated since my day. I guess it was my generation or one close by that instituted what is really re-education.  Re-education stands out in a Orwellian sense to me.  The Yippies of my youth seemed one origin of such change with high goals and shallow methods.  That seem to translate into many areas including  our ongoing education.

Education changes our perspective.  School books were always political. They reflected the views of the times.  One of the “truths” in mine was The Melting Pot — a view thoroughly debunked by modern views.  Yet it turned the yearning masses to be free into American where we walked, and thought and talked alike.  Even though vilified today, it allowed their children to be assimilated in a way that led to success and moving up.

With that now debunked, we are a new society.  That seems clear in the political season that seems to offer everyone a free lunch in the new and improved society.  I wonder what those veterans would see in us?  It makes me think of the last lines of that poem.

The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

ADDENDUM:

On education, I received one piece of advice from my English Comp 102 professor that stuck.  He did thing like make us get the same story from two newspapers and write and consider the difference.  That advice?  Question everything.  Those two words are a real education and prevents assimilation. Resistance is NOT futile.

I am conflicted about what I’ll do on November 8th.  There doesn’t seem to be a real or better choice.  Oh, I may have a few choices down the tickets.  Where it seems to really count, there doesn’t seem to be a sober choice.   I am dismayed.

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  1. October 19th, 2016 at 05:26 | #1

    well if u want the US to not go to war with russia, and stay out of syria, u will vote Trump. let russia and syria fight isis there, its not our country. who are we to tell russia they cant fly there like clinton wishes to do?

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