EDUCATION:  A  PERSONAL  EXPERIENCE


In the spring of 1965, I was running through the jungles with a lethal rifle in my hands, yelling Kill, KILL, KILL!
And I would have done it too. But I was lucky. I was running through the training jungles of Louisiana, 
brainwashed by the U.S. Army Basic Training.  I never went to war and I never killed anyone.
But I could have. If the U.S. Army had told me to kill YOU, I might of done it.
        Remember Mi Lai,  Kent State and  Waco.

And are you that much different than the Vietnamese and Cambodians, in retrospect?
We are all people on this earth-- this global village-- brainwashed by an ancient reverence for the fiction of authority.

What was it that got me into a state of mind that would have me do something so alien to my very make-up:
        to kill another human being just because an authority said to?

It didn't start in the Army; it started in government schools, where the history of war and patriotism are glorified.
And I know I wasn't alone. There were 200 other young men in my company doing the same thing, and
1200 in the battalion, and over 3 million went to Vietnam.

In retrospect,  it never occurred to me that something was very immoral about the whole operation.
Nothing in my family, media, or government education prepared me to question the authorities.
Something is terribly wrong here:  we must face reality!

The schools had twisted and molded me to take actions that were horribly grotesque.
        I deeply and personally resent that.
This long-playing, tragic world series must be stopped before it happens again, and again, and again...

Teachers don't realize what they're doing; they were brainwashed by the previous generation,
in a destructive, endless chain.   Will Rogers said this about congress,  but the same applies:

"Teachers are the nicest folks in the world to meet.
I sometimes really wonder if they realize the harm they do."

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