Being a soldier

01/04/2015

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Since the weather was very bad yesterday I preferred to stay indoors and watch a movie. So, after watching a couple of trailers to decide, I remembered that the Fury was on the top of my must see movies list for months so I decided to watch it.

And I hit the play button…

The movie refers to April 1945 and the last days of the second World War. Don Wardaddy Collier is the commander of a five-men American tank crew named “Fury”. The tank’s driver was killed during a battle and Norman Ellison joins the crew in order to replace him. But Norman is a young and inexperienced soldier who was called to kill Germans since the very first day. For him, killing was something against his conscience. Due to his beliefs, he was constantly facing harassment by the other crew members.

Later on, Norman understood that it is a matter of survival so either he kills Germans when he has the chance or the Germans will kill him.

There was a clear message in the movie. Even if you aren’t born to kill or to fight you have to do it when you are in a battlefield in order to survive. War has its own rules. Rules that can turn off your conscience and transform you to a cynical human-being.

But I couldn’t help but wonder, is this something that you get to see only in war times? Because for me the same scenario is being repeated again and again. And I am not only referring to what is happening between Ukraine and Russia, two countries that share the same history as they were both among the major members of the Soviet Union, but I am also talking about today’s economic crisis. Have we become soldiers?

The recent economic crisis can be paralleled to a modern battlefield; in which only strong players can survive. As it leaves a lot of victims behind, if you want to succeed you need to put your conscience on silent mode and ‘kill your enemies’.

People today have become more cynical than ever. In a society with only a few chances for its members there is no room for humanity or values.  But this shouldn’t be the case today as we ought to have learned something from our own history. And what did Germany manage to win by fighting in World War II besides a dissolved nation and a bad reputation?

Maybe this is our lesson and maybe we should see the economic crisis as a chance for collaboration instead of a war-time because tomorrow you can be the next victim and in a battlefield no-one will be there to help you.

Apart from that democracy comes with its own values and we should always keep them in mind. And co-operation is a vital part of our democratic values.

Besides that, what is the worth of success if you don’t have anyone to share it with?

 


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