Once upon a time, there was a young naïve man named Drew. Drew happened to enlist in the army as a conscientious objector who had a beef with weaponry. He was very similar to a guy he knew as Desmond Doss, however he had a different story than Hacksaw. He and Desmond always believed that instead of taking lives, they wanted to save them. Drew was always in his own little world and has not explored the outside world much. Drew is part of an ancestry of veterans who have experienced the horrors of war. Each ancestor had different stories to tell, one told of fighting back a horde of Indians, the other an imperial wave of Greek warriors, and the most recent an entire regiment of German Nazis. Drew really disregarded these stories as fairytales and not heroism. That’s the main reason why he joined the military, to follow in the footsteps of his ancestors and serve his country. As he went on tour in Afghanistan and Iraq, he thought about the stories his ancestors told him about, he thought about the different wars from the different eras and how they related and contrasted from the war he was currently in. He realized that they really weren’t that different whatsoever. Drew started to really wonder what was changing about war over the different time periods. The only thing that came to mind was the weaponry involved. WMD’s, Assault Rifles, Sniper Rifles, Pistols, Body Armor, Bombs, Diseases. The conflicts were all the same, the only change was how people were dying from each war. Drew then contemplated on why he joined the military to be a combat medic and not to take lives similar to Desmond. Finally, after a while Drew came to the realization that he wanted to be the one to inspire change in how war operates. The criticism and ideologies of others weighed heavily on Drew as he swore to not do any harm. In all his efforts however, this did not change much other than the fact that more drama was inflicted and media dispatched to cover why Drew and Desmond did what they did.
War. War never changes.
Disputes such as economics, land, resources, and power are some of the main benefactors when it come to war. Its hard to really solve any disputes with grouchy stubborn dictating leaders whom are more focused on politics than the people they govern. Americans today really do not understand anything other than first-world problems and the self-centered lifestyle that is associated with the United States. The American mindset is rooted in statements that are very judgmental and criticizing. Many countries, especially communist countries, often mock the United States for our self-centered view of life. In turn, this generally creates a hefty list of conflicts and disagreements on many ideas and solutions to many problems being faced at a given time. As you can see above in the Image-Text Juxtaposition, the word Nevermore is stated boldly over a battle. This Image is meant to be seen by an audience of power, those that can try and constitute change in the message I am trying to include in this blog post. The limitations faced are mainly from where I can post this material and the solution I am trying to solve is the sense of longing and truly achieve and conflict-less world of harmony and prosperity. As war has not really changed since the Ice Age, it is going to take a lot of work for the right people in power to constitute change from the anguish and grief caused by war itself.
It really was a Raven that made connect War Nevermore, although though unachievable is still achievable if the right people see this.
As I was creating the Image-Text Juxtaposition, I realized how the Raven by Edgar Allen Poe really felt as I thought about war and conflicts being nevermore, how there very well could be nevermore. But it is also known that
WAR NEVER CHANGES.
Poe, E.A. (1903). The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, The Raven Edition, Volume 5. New York: P. F. Collier and Son.