In the Americanization of Emily James Garner delivers a speech about war. I found it very fitting to our war with good and evil. We are always fighting for what’s “right” but how often do we miss out on the reason we’re here? We’re supposed to “love” one another and sometimes we can’t do that if we’re fighting for what’s “right” no matter how “right” that thing may be.
“War isn’t hell at all. It’s man at his best; the highest morality he’s capable of … it’s not war that’s insane, you see. It’s the morality of it. It’s not greed or ambition that makes war: it’s goodness. Wars are always fought for the best of reasons: for liberation or manifest destiny. Always against tyranny and always in the interest of humanity. So far this war, we’ve managed to butcher some ten million humans in the interest of humanity. Next war it seems we’ll have to destroy all of man in order to preserve his damn dignity. It’s not war that’s unnatural to us – it’s virtue. As long as valor remains a virtue, we shall have soldiers. So, I preach cowardice. Through cowardice, we shall all be saved.”
To which Emily replies, “That was exalting, Commander … after every war, you know, we always find out how unnecessary it was. And after this one, I’m sure all the generals will dash off and write books about the blunders made by other generals, and statesmen will publish their secret diaries, and it’ll show beyond any shadow of a doubt that war could easily have been avoided in the first place. And the rest of us, of course, will be left with the job of bandaging the wounded and burying the dead.”
We are in a war…a war for our souls! This fight is going to take us all one day or another it’s just a matter of where we will live after the war is over that is in question. We can be a coward and avoid some of the battle and keep quiet and try living the easy way and staying off the front lines but what do we get if we do? We’re still going to be in the war.
I would love to be a coward in this war and avoid it at all costs, but I don’t think I have that option so…give me a sword and a shield because I will not sit by being a victim of this war. I’d rather be heading somewhere than going nowhere! But let me not ever forget that love is the most important thing in this battle and that my enemy is not other people but the principalities of darkness and evil.