Recently, I shared with and EP friend that my favorite Genre of Movies were those about WAR. Not your typical 'girl' type of subject matter I know; but it's true. I love War movies. What's with this chick, some may be thinking. Do I like blood, gore and violence? Do I enjoy seeing the pain and suffering of the characters and subject matter? Absolutely NOT!
It's not pleasurable at all. I hurt, cry and mourn right along with the characters as if I were there, feeling a responsibility to be involved and engaged in the experience, in an existential way.
Putting away all religious and political views; I think what guts and fortitude it must take to go off to war. Go off to war; it sounds like going off to summer camp or spring break. I think civilians take this ultimate act of valor too lightly.
While watching, I wonder what is that soldier feeling while in the midst of gunfire? How does it feel to watch your best friend in the world get blown into pieces? What's it like to sleep in a sunken trench for months and even years without the comforts of home? Cold, rain and snow; a constant sorrow. Or in the blistering heated jungle with every species of nit known to man. Yes, most of us choose to put these thoughts out of our mind, but I feel an obligation to experience and understand the soldier's plight. It's my way of saying "Thank You".
From Saving Private Ryan all the way back to Sergent York (an old old hero for you youngins'), I am fascinated and in awe.