Thursday, March 19, 2009

The Minstrel Boy

I originally signed into my blog to post one of my favorite songs, but instead while searching for a good recording, I became thoroughly pissed off. Why the hell do people think Saving Private Ryan is an anti-war film? Seriously, what the bloody deuce is wrong with people anymore? Congratulations internet society, you've successfully spat on the graves of your ancestors by completely missing the point. How anyone can watch a movie that graphically displays the horrors of war and the sacrifices made by soldiers and walk away thinking they've just seen an anti-war movie? It's in the bloody ending! Hanks' character, Capt. John Miller, tells Private Ryan point blank the point of the whole movie: to earn his right to the freedom that the deaths of his fellow soldiers bought him by living a good life; the movie ends with Ryan tearfully asking for validation of his worthiness of such sacrifice at Miller's grave. How can you misinterpret that!?

I give up. I'm 95% convinced there's no hope left for humanity as long as they refuse to operate on an objective level. As long as people practice deconstructionism, determining meaning by their own one-sided biases, there's no point in even trying to speak any kind of logic, as everything will only ever agree with them. Logic was slain with our patriotism and any sense of individual honor we have left.

I feel like Will Smith in I Am Legend.

If there's anyone left out there, anyone at all, here's something to maybe help keep hope alive:

"Never in the field of human conflict have so many owed so much to so few." - Sir Winston Churchill [House of Commons, August 20, 1940]




"Minstrel Boy" - traditional Irish song

The minstrel boy to the war has gone
In the ranks of death you'll find him
His father's sword he has girded on
His wild harp slung behind him

"Land of Song," said the warrior bard
"Though all the world betrays thee,
One sword, at least, thy right shall guard
One faithful harp shall praise thee."

The minstrel fell, but the foeman's chains
Could not bring that proud soul under
The harp he loved ne'er spoke again
For he tore its chords asunder

And said, "No chains shall sully thee
Thou soul of love and bravery
Thy songs were made for the pure and free
They shall never sound in slavery."

Lest we forget...
Brave men who carried the greatest virtues:
Love. Honor. Patriotism.

-Miles Veritatis