Fear and hate are the "mind killers". All that we hope for will be lost if we allow ourselves to be consumed or motivated by our fears and stumble into the dark and unproductive realm of hatred.
Revenge is an extension of hatred that will consume spiritual energy we need to produce positive results in working, playing, creating art and learning to love ourselves. If we can not truly love ourselves then we are lost. Once we are lost then the following words become our faith.....
"GOD left me long ago..... and the devil is afraid of me, I am truly lost."
I have learned that acceptance is the key to avoid losing myself to the "darkness". I have, hopefully, suffered more than most of you will ever know and I tell you the truth that I have only sipped from the chalice of pain that the majority of the worlds people know as day to day existence.
I am grateful for my life when I see the suffering of others who are good and decent human beings who destiny has left with nothing while they are persecuted by misanthropes who have more than they will ever need.
Learn to love, give it freely without reservation or condition to others and yourself.
I share with you my daily prayer: "Thank you Father for my life... thank you Mother for my food and thank you Lady luck for my good fortune... protect me, heal me, guide me, teach me." I believe our "Father" to be the sun and our "Mother" to be the earth as they have afforded all life the needed environment to be here. "Lady luck" is the spiritual entity that watches over each of us.
This is my faith now as I try daily to shed the stain of my past deeds in the "killing fields". I have no excuse, I have no justification, I have only the reason for my darkness and my willful struggle to be a positive influence on society in any way possible.
Those who have had the "good fortune" should be thankful for your privileged life. Your success is from your own hard work and dedication but the privilege is that you were afforded the opportunity to try. I, like so many, was never afforded the opportunity to try when I was young.
You who have known good fortune will become adept professionals, we were trained to be adept killers. You will be proud and respected, we will not. The photos here give a glimpse of a part of my life that was created by my hand along with the deeds of others I was foolish enough to consort with. We were being drafted so had limited choices, run away and deal with the consequences or join the service and deal with the consequences. I wish now I had the courage to have run away.
I am grateful for all of you who have been spared the horror of mankind's "bloodsport" in the killing fields. Saving life is what human beings are hard wired to do. Taking life destroys your soul. Once you become comfortable with killing you are truly lost. I just hope someday more people will understand and forgive us.
Societies rejection and unwillingness to understand is the least of the suffering combat veterans must face. The biggest hurdle is dealing with the wrath of all the souls of our victims who find us as we dream to perfect their righteous "REVENGE"
I APOLOGIZE TO ANYONE WHO SEES THIS BLOG AND IS HURT, OFFENDED OR UPSET IN ANY WAY.
Georges, F B170696 WO1 United States NAVY - Vietnam Campaign