In the sixth grade, I was introduced to a vocabulary that would become a new rhetoric for the world in which I lived.
Abstract words were whispered in the hallways of school amongst the adults.
On that September day in 2001 the world changed. From that day forward, whenever the phenomenon of “war” was discussed in the classroom, in my home and the spaces in between, my understanding deepened and my heart filled with gratitude as I recognized a very apparent fact:
From the very beginning, our country has been birthed, cradled, maintained and defended by selfless, heroic, charitable and noble individuals- Americans.
We’ve heard stories of the heroic efforts of our founders and other key figures in our nation’s history.
Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride.
The signing of The Declaration Of Independence.
George Washington’s vigilance in defeating the most powerful force in the world.
Nathan Hale’s heroic efforts as a spy for the Continental Army, despite the consequences, which ultimately determined his fate and his timeless words as he awaited the noose: “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.”
We know these figures and the hundreds that followed their example. Their efforts are praised in our history books.
In recent history, however, the conversation has shifted.
The media outlets are FILLED with horror, robbery, murder and news surrounding selfish acts and individuals.
Many have asked the question, “What happened to our honor?” or foolishly declared “The founders would roll over in their graves if they could see us now.”
To those who have uttered these statements- I’d like to call your bluff. If you want present-day examples that the characteristics that built our nation- nobility, honor, charity and heroism– are NOT dead, you needn’t look very far.