Those that have never experienced the horror of war are most often those that are war’s loudest advocates. Once you have experienced the senseless brutality and unbelievable violence of war your view of war and of the world is never the same.
Most veterans do not talk willingly of their combat experience. Some things are best left unspoken, and forgotten as much as possible.
We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way. — Victor Frankl
Heroism comes in many guises. It’s not always the bravery of a soldier giving his life for his comrades or the selfless actions of a firefighter risking her life to save a child from a burning building.
As Frankl so eloquently describes, there are heroes who simply do what they can to comfort others in their time of need. The do whatever they are able to make pain more bearable and offer whatever hope they can bring.
All of us have the freedom to be that hero. All of us can carry hope. We are not asked to give away our last piece of bread. But, as Frankl points out, we all have the freedom to choose our own way.
What will we choose today? Will we turn selfishly inward, or will we choose to care enough to be the bringers of comfort to those in need?