there are expressions in the English language that are brief yet loaded with hidden depths, often chosen as titles for books.
You don’t even have to go there to get goosebumps. I saw a film years ago and can’t remember any part of it other than the title—
TOO LATE THE HERO
—which resonates. Me? I’m a watcher—a vulture perched high in the Tree Of Life; too old to care but hanging in to see if any of it will ever make sense* .
There are others that resonate too—
* Above Us The Waves
* Ill Met By Moonlight
* The Colour Of War
—endless. But this below is the most misguided bit of utter dog’s droppings that anyone can blindly spout—
WE SHALL REMEMBER THEM
—to which I can only shake my head in sorrow (I’ve gone beyond anger). It is pure social formula, conditioned by design to become habit. No? Okay—
“If this is ten o’clock, it’s time for coffee.”
If this is 25th April, it’s ANZAC Day. If this is 7th December, it’s Pearl Harbor Day. If this is the 11th day of the 11th month, it’s Armistice Day (WW1) …
PAVLOV’S DOGS? US?
Why not … we drool on cue, we make obeisance to parroted phrases on cue (brilliant at that).
To not digress, how about: Truth, Justice, Freedom, and the American Way?
Oh … oops, sorry, did I miss one? Of course: Liberty~!
So why not remember Liberty?
After all, as much as they brush it under the carpet and try to hush it up—
—today is still Liberty Day!
Yay! Fireworks all round, no?
No … here, have another wee reminder of Liberty—
—and ask yourself that most revealing and most evaded ‘why’—
- why have so few heard of the ‘Liberty’ event, and
- why was it covered up, and
and of course: so what? It’s all ancient history now, dead, and the world is for the living … no?
pic: survivors coming ashore
pic: about to bring the not-survivors ashore …
AND TO CLOSE:
I’m running a ‘best caption competition‘ for the below contemporary shot (my own entry is in italics under it) —
“Don’t worry, lil’ Buddy, we’re here** …”
—for anyone not actually aboard Liberty but proximate at the time. If this is you, please share it; one each (no hogging, mind) —
As for my opening para about ‘four-word expressions’, I adore Americanisms and I still love that ever so reassuring, confidence inspiring—
“WE’VE GOT YOUR BACK~!”
DEDICATED WITH THE GREATEST RESPECT
TO THE MEMORY OF THE VICTIMS OF
THE US ADMINISTRATION
AT THAT TIME
Remember? That’s a cathartic emotion-fest … but actually think for ourselves enough to actually DO something?
* I suspect not. (If reincarnation is real I’m putting in a bid for albatross rather than Ancient Mariner.)
** And we have been all along—but the boss wouldn’t let us join in. Sorry ’bout that.