EDIT: Moved to scraps. I want to keep my gallery only Photography.
I think the stamp really speaks for it's self.
Let's make Art and Not make war.
Before anyone gets mad at me for not being supportive of our troops or anything please let me to explain.
1st. there are 2 things you will Never see me talk about here, I try to avoid it in day to day life.
I believe everyone in this world has the right to hold their own opinion on both subjects. I may not personally agree with some1 else views or it may not be how I feel, but I respect your right as a thinking breathing human being to have your own personal view points.
I dont discuss them because they are very passionate topics for a lot of people and I do not want to ever miss lead someone to think that I do not respect them or there views.
That and I believe what I believe and some1 would have a hard time indeed in changing my mind. But when such topics do come up normally there is someone ready and willing to take on the challenge which irritates me to no end.
I respect others and ask only for the same level of respect.
3.) My father, both stepfathers, several dear friends, aunt, 2 uncles, and brother in-law were/are in some branch on the armed forces. My grandpa was a sheriff deputy. My grandma was in the first batch of female beat cops in the city of Hot Springs AR.
Thusly I have a deep respect and understanding for the men and women who put their lives on the line defending their home, country, and the lives of people who dont even know their names.
Its not a fun or easy thing to do. Its hard on them, their families, and their friends. Many are injured either mentally or physically doing what they view as A job that has to be done.
4.) This is My own personal view on war. (this is the first and maybe last time youll see me talk about it)
War is not just a country fighting another country. A war is a violent struggle for power. Those who want to take it and those who are defending what they have. Or in some cases Both sides fighting to take power.
War can be between countries, gangs, gangs and police, racist groups, or citizens and their dictators, or even between normal groups of people in day to day life.
War in any and all of its forms is violent and destructive. it damages the people or groups involved.
I CAN understand fighting to protect ones self or to protect people that you care about. I can even (though it is sometimes hard for me) justify killing another person to protect you and your loved ones.
I do not oppose the death penalty for violent rapists and murders. They are unable to live in normal society and should they ever escape would do unthinkable damage to other families. Even in jail they often cause damage to other inmates and guards, who after all are also people.
Likewise in war there are always horrors that can never be over looked. There are always threats that can not be ignored.
When someone screams, Kill that group! and youre standing in it you should by all means try to save your own life and the lives of those around you.
If a dog or lion attacked you or your loved one, wouldnt you try to stop it? Even if it meant killing that animal?
Humans are a little different from animals (but not much in my eyes)
If a madman started trying to kill you or someone you dearly loved, wouldnt you try your best to stop them?
War is just a larger version of this.
Its one side attacking the other because they felt the other attacked them fist.
I can understand going to war for to defending ones self and loved ones or home ONLY.
ONLY FOR DEFINCE!
What I can not and will probably never understand is why these bloody wars get started in the first place.
War is a struggle for power. This I can NOT justify in any since.
I can Not see killing ANY other life form for any reason other than to protect yourself or in the case of animals, for food.
To kill to gain power, to kill because someone has a different god, to kill because someone dress differently or looks different or speaks another language or just because it is fun is wrong, vile, and evil.
And I do not understand it.
Thusly I do not understand how wars get started in the first place.
So yes, I am anti war.
I am anti war, NOT anti defense, NOT anti military.
I do not believe that there has ever been a good war.
A war is not good.
Because the base behind war is as I said wrong, evil, and vile.
To have a war someone had to start it.
Someone had to do something that risked the lives and well being of others.
Someone had to start the killing.
Someone had to start the hate.
Someone had to oppress, murder, seek power, ect.
Case in point:
Yes, it was good that the Jews were set free from German oppression. But the war was not good. Some one had to start it. Someone had to be oppressed and murdered. Someone had to seek power/controle for the situation to come up where we did fight.
Ask yourself, Is it good that Thousands of men, women, and children died in that war and the situations involved in that war? the answer should be clear. No.
War is NEVER good.
5.) I do not hate the men and women that serve in militaries. On either side of a war.
They are human beings just like you and me, with families, friends, love, and hard times.
They do what they do because they have to. Weather this have to is cause they are drafted, or have to protect their home, or have religious views that say they should, or because it is the only way to get money enough to keep their families fed.
Most solders that I have met who fought in a war, didnt want to take anothers life. They didnt want to kill. They did so to protect their homes and families.
its a job that some1 has to do, even if they dont like it Ive heard that or close to that from so many war survivors.
I support the men and women that fight for their country, even if I dont agree with the war or military practices.
The armed forces have seen horrors that would make most people sick. Some have had to watch friends die, children die, bombs explode just feet in font of them. They have lived through things most of us can Not rap our mind around, because its too much to handle.
Imagine living everyday not knowing if youd live to see the next.
I also believe FULLY in human rights! I believe that no matter how deranged, sick, or lost a person is even in war that they should be show some level of compassion and should be treated with respect and above all others Dignity.
I support the men and women fighting, for the sacrifices they make BUT!! I will NEVER support the miss treatment of prisoners or attacks on non military people and children!
When these things happen it makes me sick. And the people responsible should have to be brought to justice, but not by their tactics.
Again. No matter what side they are on they are all humans. They feel just as we do. They are not monsters in the dark. They are humans. And they should have rights. (even animals should have the right to be treated with dignity and brought no extra unnecessary pain)
There is NO excuse in my eyes for torturing anyone.
(sighs) The sad truth is war is violent and it hurts thousands of people, it hurts Millions, both directly and indirectly.
I can not support a war, Ever.
I support the men and women because they are human beings with emotions and families and homes, just like me.
But I can not support war. I cant because of how they get started and all the pain they bring, no matter the out come.
I want to see world peace. I know we as humans have not evolved far enough to stop throwing rocks at each other, but I still wish it could be so.
I hope I have not offended anyone.
If so I am very sorry.
If you want to post a comment or talk to me about my view points this one time only I am willing to
Just please do not attack my view points.
I respect all people, please respect me.