Monday, May 30, 2011

Fr. Emmanuel Charles McCarthy's Pledge

    I will not raise my precious child to kill your precious child.
    And if it is within my power, I will
    not hand over my beloved child to others
    to kill your beloved child, or
    to learn how to kill the one you cherish.
Amen — Memorial Day Pledge. I still remember the day my Mississippian granny took me aside, when I was about seven or so, and said to me, quite sternly: "You will never join the military. Do you understand?"

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Blogger Mark in Spokane said...

My father was a WWII veteran -- Omaha Beach, Iwo Jima, Okinawa. Occupation duty in Japan after the war, where he was stationed for some time at what was left of Hiroshima. He also served in Korea during the Korean War. My father's basic motto for all of his children was quite simple: no military service. He did not want any of his kids to go through anything even remotely like what he went through.

1:49 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Wise father, yours. Both my grandfathers served in WWII. My maternal grandfather picked up a lung fungus in Iran which later killed him. My paternal grandfather, like your father, served in occupied Japan and the Korean War. He was a plane mchanic, and picked up skin cancer from a certain chemical used to clean engines.

My father was drafted furing the Vietnam era, but lucked out by being made an M.P. and sent to San Francisco. He grew up unchurched, and became a Buddhist while there. (Even says so on his dog-tags.) Now he's a Lutheran and has pledged to become Catholic once I move back home and we all move in together. (I'll be flying to Western new York next week, on my birthday, for an interview. Prayers, please.)

The grandmother I mentioned had a P.O.W. bracelet. I'm sure you remember those. I think she was pretty disgusted with how the imperial State used up and abandoned its young men.

6:20 AM  
Blogger Mark in Spokane said...

Good luck with your interview! I thought you were hoping to land in the Pacific Northwest...But good luck with your trip to upstate NY. Nothing better than heading home...

Glad to hear your dad is on the road to Rome. Sounds like a perfect situation if you can get the job. How does your wife feel about moving to the States?

Cheers!

10:34 AM  
Blogger Pints in NYC said...

Phil Ochs' "Is There Anybody Here"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXzX7QCZ8QQ

1:24 PM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Mark, I was divided between PNW and WNY, and WNY got back to me first. Thomas Wolfe said, "You can't go home again." I'm hoping you can go back close to home, however.

Pints, Phil Ochs was perhaps my first guitar hero.

2:04 PM  

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