Thursday, 25 April 2019

"Lest we forget" is said every year, and with increasing vehemence, as the twin themes of duty & blood sacrifice have come to permeate the day--the soldiers' sacrifice like a "blood tax against which everyone else must measure themselves." #AnzacDay



"'Lest we forget' is said every year, and with increasing vehemence, as the twin themes of duty and blood sacrifice have however come to permeate the day--the increasing link between the ethics of duty and of altruism ever more apparent--the soldiers' sacrifice still like 'a blood tax against which everyone else must measure themselves.'
    "But, as Ayn Rand observed, when there is widespread call of sacrifice, there is always someone ready and willing to pick up the sacrifices. Not in military duty necessarily, not today, but undoubtedly in calls for duty, for selflessness, for service to a higher cause -- to State, to Climate, or to someone else's Great Cause -- that Great Cause to be selected for us by Great Leaders. Selfishness, still, the great sin to be expunged."
          ~ excerpted and paraphrased from my 2018 Anzac Day post 'Lest We Forget What?'
[Sculpture by Australian artist Rayner Hoff, inside the Australian War Memorial in Sydney’s Hyde Park]
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