My Kait and I watched a show last night that had me questioning the United States military. It was a family show – Super 8 – that was a lot like a cross between Goonies and ET. I actually liked it and so did Kait, but I felt ill through most of it as I watched how they portrayed our military.
After reading in the news some of the policies that are being changed within the various branches of our nation’s military and the bills that are being passed that could put us in a police state, as well as reading about some of the aggressive maneuvers that are happening against citizens, it made it easy – and terrifying – to believe that the deplorable behavior of our military in that movie last night is par for the course.
For a long time, I’ve loosely followed UFO and alien stories. I am fascinated with them and believe them to be just as plausible as the aggression of the military. I’ve heard all the conspiracy theories that scream about the government covering up alien activity and having secret bases where they study with heartless abandon the aliens they catch. The thing, though, that bothered me about last night’s show was the portrayal of the military adhering to a “need to know” policy that meant they had to tell no one what was going on and anyone who continued to press for information was lied to and then arrested and detained – which sounds a lot like what could happen as a result of some of the new bills that are being passed into laws regarding the military.
Yesterday, Kait and I also saw Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. That could be, perhaps, why I’m on military-suspiscion overload. There was a line in that movie that went something like, “To the US government, anyone who is a possible terrorist IS a terrorist.” When the character said it, my hair stood on end and my stomach turned over.
While I understand the need for the military and respect all they have done and continue to do, I do feel wary when I begin hearing stories of giving them free reign. There is a mental attitude of “following orders” in the military – you can see it in any military-related movie and can hear it in the tales of any soldier – that is deadly. This attitude is necessary for running a “tight ship,” so to speak, but it also strips the personnel of their humanity and results in cold hearts. It seems to cloud their ability to be humane.
I don’t know where our world is heading. It seems to be heading toward hate and darkness in every realm. And I feel scared when I think about that. I don’t know what to do or how to change it so… I’m choosing Love. I’m choosing Light. And I’m choosing to continue to be in those spaces. No matter what.