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Forgive me....not attempting to be a sentimentalist, but I was struck by the difference NOT IN post and pre-war planes, but by the difference of how we now deal with war. For too many of us, it is 3 minutes of television or a commentary somewhere--with no reflection of the costs, loss of life, or, most important, whether the sacrifices made are worth the "objective" of the war.
I am uncertain whether our hand tools are really superior (to be honest, I think most of them are improved versions of older ones)........but I have the almost fatalistic feeling that Veteran's Day has become "just another day". It seems to me that we have many leaders (including some in our own country) who, as always, fight wars with the lives of others for nothing more than MORE power-- and, of course, money is always involved, one way or the other--perhaps they are the same.
Although there are not a lot of WWII veterans left, probably none from WWI, there are still a lot from other wars or "police actions". Calling just one veteran and stating that you appreciate the sacrifice that individual made for your country could mean a lot to that individual. Perhaps, just let them know that someone is aware of the pain, fear, and turmoil they experienced to make certain we remain "free".
I should not turn your dedicated column into a political forum--but, I will make this statement: There are wars worth fighting! There are other wars that are perhaps merely opportunities for profiteering and creating more hate. Those former wars do, in fact, create the seeds for many more wars.
Somehow, woodworking and the tools used to create useful objects take our minds away from the horror of a very small minority of people who are always looking for a reason to fight. I have no solution--just the thought--sometimes you walk into the shop to "make something" with no plan--possibly to try a new tool. Not often, right? How many of the wars that exist, today, are the result of idle minds and hands that just want to "start something"--and maybe "try out a new weapon?"
Thank you for your comments, efforts, and information. I believe that practicing and supporting the Crafts instinct, with its peaceful, useful and satisfying outcomes is a good way to inhibit and discourage our primal warlike urges. Crafts primarily encourage cooperation and helping rather than competition and destruction of one's "Enemies". Building and Maintaining, rather than Destroying !! "Rambo" and "Trumpian" displays notwithstanding !! The Crafts approach, whether Woodworking, Fly Fishing or others, brings much more happiness than "competing" and "fighting" !!
Bruce D (Dan) Burleigh