Aversion to War

If there ever was a baby boomer “issue” that has become engrained into the heart and psyche of a generation, it is an aversion to war due to the horrific experience if Vietnam. While a relatively small percentage of surviving baby boomers actually went to and fought in Vietnam, the scar on the national psyche was so deep that it has influenced the way baby boomers have thought about war and how they selected their government representatives for over 40 plus years.

This is in stark contrast to the way the parents of the Baby Boomers generation viewed warfare and the use of the country’s military might. Because World War II was such a necessary conflict and winning it would be the difference between a world of freedom or domination by a cruel dictator, that fight had nobility and a clear-cut purpose to it.  So, when we, as the Free World, banded together to defeat Nazi Germany and her allies, it was an act of world changing sacrifice and nobility that shaped that generation.  To the parents of baby boomers, warfare in a noble cause was the highest calling of all of the free nations and part of our combined national pride.

Everything about Vietnam was contrary to that vision. The mission was unclear, and the military was not empowered to win decisively as they were in World War II.  Some saw Vietnam as a puppet war in several respects.  In one way it was a puppet war because the real enemy in Vietnam was not the North Vietnamese, but China and Russia were using that conflict and the Vietcong as puppets to lure the American and other nations' military into a no-win situation and deplete our resources and our will to fight.

Everything about Vietnam was contrary to that vision. The mission was unclear, and the military was not empowered to win decisively as they were in World War II.  Some saw Vietnam as a puppet war in several respects.  In one way it was a puppet war because the real enemy in Vietnam was not the North Vietnamese, but China and Russia were using that conflict and the Vietcong as puppets to lure the American and other nations' military into a no-win situation and deplete our resources and our will to fight.

Others viewed Vietnam as a puppet conflict to benefit the American military and business interests who were profiting from the conflict. While this is a cynical and harsh way to view a conflict, the distrust of the “military/industrial complex” was prevalent in the minds of a youthful baby boomer generation who saw their brothers and cousins go off to a brutal war which, in their minds, was being conducted to benefit business.  Small wonder that many came out of this era bitter and resentful of big business interests.  That distrust has surfaced many times over the years and it dominates discussions of modern conflicts all countries are involved with.

But there has been good come out of the national aversion to war that was the product of the Vietnam conflict. The anti-war movement did not result in the reduction in our commitment to a strong military and the military continues to be the strongest on earth.  In fact, some of the ways the military has served the various countries in situations that were not warlike such as hurricane, flood, earthquakes and other natural disaster relief etc. has reinforced that the military as an institution is a necessary and honourable part of all of our societies.

Moreover, the way wars since Vietnam have been conducted have shown, in many cases, that an intelligent approach to conflict will result in the wise use of our military. The current problematic conflict tends to overshadow that since Vietnam, our leaders have used the military with skill and intelligence that reflects the insistence of the baby boom generation that we don’t just be the strongest military power, and we also have to be the wisest.  The way small conflicts like the Balkans and the first Gulf War were conducted reflect a new strategy that avoids the tragic mistakes of Vietnam and uses our military to win decisively and quickly.

Each new conflict gives the baby boomer generation and indeed all generations before and after the chance to redefine what military superiority really means. And whatever political viewpoint we might have, it can be said that if Vietnam caused the baby boomer generation to become more reflective and call upon political leadership to show accountability and responsibility in the use of our military might, that is a good outcome of what otherwise was a very bad war.

 

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Regretfully these problems can and do at times destroy their possibilities of having a normal and happy lifestyle and can be very distressing for all concerned such as their families and old friends.

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Peace of Mind:

Meditation Guide

Meditation is an invaluable tool for relaxation. It has many health benefits. It wards off the physical damage caused by stress, boosts your immune function and basically helps relaxes your body. So how do you start meditating? Here are a few simple steps on how to learn to meditate.

 

Firstly, choose the time and place. You need to set a time each day for meditation. It may be the start of the day or it may be the end of the day. It is recommended that you meditate at the start of the day because that is the time of the day when you are least tired, and your mind is still fresh.

However, it is really up to you.

After you have allocated a time to meditate, you need to set a place for you to meditate in. Preferably it is somewhere that is calming and relaxing and away from all noise and distraction.

You need to be away from the television set, or any house phone and mobile phones. You could also put on some gentle, calming music that is repetitive and gentle. This will create an environment that is relaxing for you.

 

Secondly, relax your whole body. Sit with your back straight. It does not have to be in any particular position.

The most important part is to remember that your back must be straight. This will help with your breathing later on.

 

Thirdly, remember you control your own thoughts and not the other way around. Reject all the negative thoughts and try to empty your mind. You need to be patient.

Don’t expect that you’ll be able to successfully silence your mind on your first try. If you were told to not think of a pink elephant, your mind will straight away think of a pink elephant. That is how difficult it is. Remember to be patient.

 

Fourthly, try to concentrate on something. It will be difficult to control your thoughts with just your inner mind alone.

So, try an easier way first. Choose something to focus your attention on. It may be a simple mantra, or you could be concentrating on a flower or a candle.

You could also try listening to your heart beat and try to focus on that.

 

Once you are able to focus, you can now focus on silencing your mind. Remember, be patient and you too will soon be able to enjoy the benefits that meditation has to offer.

 

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