Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness

subway_wal_mart_interior_5x3David and I went to Walmart this morning after Starbucks. As we entered, I was struck with a flooding  memory  of  another Walmart, in Gilbert, Arizona several years ago. I was with my son and his family and we had stopped after church to get a sub and do some shopping.  That was an ordinary day as well, though it was not our ordinary Sunday after church stop.  Chris was ordering when he leaned into the order taker and said, “I will pay for their lunch , ” and nodded at two very young soldiers in their fatigues waiting in line. I had not even noticed them  and I turned and looked.  Oh my , they were so young.

We got our food and went to sit down as  the young men started to order.  All of a sudden they turned and looked in our direction and smiled. Carrying their trays of food, they walked over to our table. They spoke  as one to  Chris, “Thank you so much sir, for your generosity!”   Chris replied, ” I thank you for your service,”    and I wiped away tears.   Just a moment on an ordinary day, two young men were thanked with a simple lunch and a mama was thankful and proud of her son.

Today, this memory made me think of sons… mine , those young soldiers, the sons and daughters gassed in  Syria, the American soldiers who may  well be called into yet another situation in the Mideast, the ordinary Syrians who wait and hide from soldiers killing them on the ground and airstrikes which seem inevitable from the Americans. 29rdv-civilwar-tmagArticle There are sons everywhere even  Mr. Assad,  who  is trained to be Dr. Assad, after taking  the Hippocratic Oath to “do no harm.”bashar  How did he go from a vision to help the blind to gassing his own people?  What should America do?  There seems no where we have gone to “”help” with our treasure and our children that is better now  after our sacrifice…Iraq, Egypt, Libya, and now Syria standing boldly  with Russia, and China and Iran  who supply them with support.  Will we be helping our enemies if we arm the rebels in Syria? Are they out to destroy us, too?  Everything is so complicated! Army-Formation-600x399 Will  that young man in Tunisia in December 2010 with his act of desperation and self immolation become  the impetus to  WWIII?images (19) But the United States has a history of helping the downtrodden….right?  But not in the Sudan….. I think of the sons and daughters in our government who are deciding on what the US t1larg.obama.j23.gi.afpshould do. . . .  .Mr. Obama and his advisers. Why can’t people show mercy and generosity, why can’t they treat others as they themselves want to be treated?  It seems to me that all people everywhere want what Mr. Jefferson wrote so eloquently in our Declaration of Independence,  “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.” Oh, but how to get there?photo (14)

“Life is a series of choices that are made in the present moment.”   -Darren Main

“Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare.”                                 -Japanese Proverb

Lord  have mercy on us all!

Namaste. . . . .. . ..This Is the World Today

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Syrian refugees in Turkish camps. . . . .

Syrian refugees protest against President Bashar al-Assad

Bodies with no visible wound filling the morgues in Syria.

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About annetbell

I am a retired elementary teacher, well seasoned world traveler,new blogger, grandmother, and a new enthusiastic discoverer of the wonderfully complex country of India. Anne
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22 Responses to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness

  1. The horror in Syria fills me with such sorrow, but thank you for writing and for sharing. P.S. I’m proud of your son, too. 🙂

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  2. NEO says:

    You outline the situation very well. I think medicine has the answer for us, at least for now, “Fist do no harm”. I see no way for us to make things better for anyone, even us. And yes I also am proud of your son, and the rest of them as well. I hope we give them the tools they need to make things better.

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    • annetbell says:

      Oh thank you for taking time to comment. Yes, it seems that our allies in Europe are one by one pulling out the collation.With so much uncertainty and so much unclear, you are right that “do no harm’ is the answer. Well said! Namaste……Anne

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      • NEO says:

        You are so welcome. It is such a bizarre situation, the USG wants to go fast but has nowhere near enough power to accomplish anything. It smells of a distraction for domestic consumption, no matter how many people it kills. There has to be something better, or do nothing. A hundred years ago we wouldn’t have known it was happening, so we would have left it alone.

        Cheers.

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      • annetbell says:

        That is such a great point. It reminds be of the dilemma of extraordinary life support for terminally ill people. Is it extending life or death? But the agony for the family with absence of a living will. Life is very fragile and precious. . . . .Anne

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      • NEO says:

        A good point, which even an old neo-con like me can appreciate. I have no compunction about using the military to advance our interests bu we have to have something like a goal. Somebody forgot the lesson about being an example vs. making an example, I think.

        cheers.

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      • annetbell says:

        I plan is very important. Telling the world we are not wanting a regime change and then hitting them with million/billion dollar missiles. . . crazy. Do you think he is doing it to save face after his “red line” remark?

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      • NEO says:

        Basically, yes. The one good thing about that is that we have to be really unlucky to miss our enemies. But Tomahawks aren’t cheap. I hope he uses the Brits and the UN as an excuse, what one more flip-flop. he has to know he has nobody’s respect anymore.

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      • annetbell says:

        Do you think Assad will attack Israel if we do something?

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      • NEO says:

        Not sure he has that capability, israel has moved a couple of iron Dome systems into the Bekaa Valley. I’m more worried about Iran in that scenario, depends on everybody’s calculus, and we ain’t got one. we’re just flying around blind as far as I know.

        What airpower we’ve got over there is in Oman, but the israelis are no slouches either, they live in a bad neighborhood, but that won’t help to bring in Europe, might hurt, in fact. Even the Brits are pretty anti-zionist

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      • annetbell says:

        You are so knowledgable. Military background?

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      • NEO says:

        Actually no, but a lifetime interest, and a military history major.

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      • annetbell says:

        We need you in the government!

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      • NEO says:

        I’m far to logical for them to hire me, let alone tolerate me!

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      • annetbell says:

        Though I am not very logical, I am some logical linear thinkers in charge. . . Shh, don’t tell my husband! I am always to stop thinking so much!

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      • NEO says:

        I hear you and agree with you but it’s not what our ruling class does these days, it’s a lot of what needs changing, in my mind.

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  3. Reading your first two paragraphs I felt a lump in my throat – what a beautiful gesture, so obviously sincere and heartfelt. I’m sure you were a great mom and teacher to Chris 🙂 All the stuff you have written about the state of the world – well, sounds exactly like me – worried, sad and anguished…There are so many of us who feel this way, but big decisions are taken by people who seem to see the world as private property, to do with as they please.

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    • annetbell says:

      I was very touched at Chris’ spontaneous gesture. I think that power is very seductive and humans are very easily seduced to think that they as leaders and now more important and untouchable so to speak.

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