An interesting post over at The Moderate Voice caught my attention today. It’s about the scars that war leaves behind…the scars that nobody can see.
You hear it a lot: Men and women soldiers went to war. When they came home, they would not often speak of what theyÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢d done and seen.
Many in media have tried to lionize entire generations of vets for ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“not speaking,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ remaining silent, ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“stiff upper lipÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â¦ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ These were touted as signs of character. ** And they can be in certain instances.
But for many vets who seldom told their war stories, the mediaÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s enchantment with ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“the strong silent typeÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ as an ideal of perfect manhood, amounted to a broad misinterpretation: Silence equals stoic strength. This distortion overshadowed the greater and far finer underlying psychological motives for many vets ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“not speaking.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢
Do read the whole thing.