Values, Ethics, Accountability, Morals, Right v. Wrong, and Who…Posted: November 13, 2012
Values, Ethics, Accountability, Morals, Right v. Wrong, and Who…
As we previously mentioned in our post yesterday and we feel that the content of that writing is something that needs to be addressed so much sooner than later. In other words when one begins to think, feel, or act upon the very fabric that once held a nation together until cultural genocide becomes the latest discussions at cocktail parties, Happy Hour, or the water cooler – we believe that it has become high time to address these issues quicker than others so as to prevent unintended circumstances.
First however is in the notion of how we perceive America – and for some, how much in our lifetimes has the country changed, and again for others unfortunately this is the only America they know. Yet we cannot but help looking at our parents and grandparents.
Here is a brazen comment on a profound book that was presented and received magnificently. Our statement is “yes with praise and fortitude for the man who wrote it and for those who contributed to the narrative.” Of course we are addressing the book written by Tom Brokaw called The Greatest Generation. Here are a couple of excerpts from the book itself and then some by a book reviewer:
“In the spring of 1984, I went to the northwest of France, to Normandy, to prepare an NBC documentary on the fortieth anniversary of D-Day, the massive and daring Allied invasion of Europe that marked the beginning of the end of Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich. There, I underwent a life-changing experience. As I walked the beaches with the American veterans who had returned for this anniversary, men in their sixties and seventies, and listened to their stories, I was deeply moved and profoundly grateful for all they had done. Ten years later, I returned to Normandy for the fiftieth anniversary of the invasion, and by then I had come to understand what this generation of Americans meant to history. It is, I believe, the greatest generation any society has ever produced.”
In this superb book, Tom Brokaw goes out into America, to tell through the stories of individual men and women the story of a generation, America’s citizen heroes and heroines who came of age during the Great Depression and the Second World War and went on to build modern America.
This generation was united not only by a common purpose, but also by common values – duty, honor, economy, courage, and service, love of family and country, and, above all, responsibility for oneself. Whilst reading you will meet people whose everyday lives reveal how a generation persevered through war, and were trained by it, and then went on to create interesting and useful lives and the America we have today.
It is at this point that we bring to the forefront of our reader’s minds specifically what is being stated, and the relevant factors of what has happened since. First we feel the importance of identifying which generation Mr. Brokaw refers to as The Greatest Generation. (Continued…)