Wednesday, March 12, 2003

Kairos Guy has been confronting the "war is always a disaster" statement put forth by, among others Cardinal McCarrick.

And what is so terrible about war, as opposed to all the other fundamentals of the fallen human condition, anyway? We all die sometime, but in war, those who die are more prepared for the possibility than most of us. Heroism is rarely possible on my morning commute, but in war, sometimes "uncommon valor is a common virtue." The disruptions to our complacency that war brings are nowhere to be found in most corporate boardrooms, judging by the financial news of the last couple of years.

The opportunities for heroism points says more about our culture's warped sense of what heroism is than anything else.

Would it not have been heroic for someone in one of those corporate boardrooms to stand up to malfeasance and dishonesty rather than go along with it?

Is it not heroic for a young person to commit to and live a life of chastity in today's sex-saturated world?

Is it not heroic for someone to move past their comfort zones and go into our nation's roughest neightborhoods in order to minister to the poor?

Is it not heroic to maintain one's faith in the Church despite the scandals?

We don't need war to have an opportunity for heroism. We have such opportunities every day. We just don't recognize them as such.

And as for the "more prepared to die" point, we're talking about mostly young men. Some with wives and families, others who hope to have them one day. Others who might want to come back to other productive jobs in their home countries. They may be "prepared to die," but that doesn't mean that having them die now is preferable to having them die after they've accomplished all they set out to do.
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