It’s the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, so that means it’s Veterans’ Day. I’m going spend all day with my grandpa, show him how to do laundry and listen to his war stories about fighting the Japanese in the Philippines during World War II. Since it’s also called Remembrance Day, I’m always up for some philosophizing.
I thought about this last year too, inspired by this Plato quote:
“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”
And it’s true. Everyone is going through something. Some people are just better at hiding it than others.
So, according to Plato, we are all unofficial veterans of our own wars. Whatever battle you are fighting in your life (unemployment, stress, despair, financial issues, parentals, children, annoying people at work, an addiction, etc), take heart. Keep fighting, because eventually you will win.
But to all of you who have served our country and who are currently serving, I salute and thank you for your service and sacrifices. You are amazing.