Saturday, July 19, 2008

"Gone native"

In military lingo, "gone native" means to convert to a strange culture after studying it through immersion. I have "gone native" into the culture of the soldier patriot. My understanding and appreciation delves into sacrifice, duty and honor in service to country, but it also evokes emotion and its accompaniment, tears, whenever I encounter rank heroism or patriotic music. I have "gone native"because over the last decade, I have stomped through history and its bedfellow war. By the pain and suffering in which I have wallowed, I shall now be known. "Bud" Day and John McCain, not Barack Obama and Hellary Clinton, define heroism and hope. "Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are." Does anyone care who first observed this truism, even though it was over 200 years ago? It could have been 2000 or 200,000 because as a biological entity, we reflect caloric intake. A corollary to this observation could be: "Tell me what you read (and absorb) and I will tell you what you are. It exasperates me to reflect upon America’s mass mediocrity.

"The High Soul climbs the High Way,
The Low Soul gropes he Low,
And in between, on the misty flats,
The rest drift to and fro."

From a writer of the 20th century, we are reminded that those who have "gone native" never choose to travel an alternative path paved with low standards or a shrouded path with no standards at all. On my property, over 50 trees have "gone native." It’s just natural that I have read in solidarity with them and "gone native."


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