Simi Valley Sophist

The Simi Valley Sophist ruminates on all manner of topics from the micro to the macro. SVS travels whatever path strikes his fancy. Encyclopedia Britannica: Sophist "Any of certain Greek lecturers, writers, and teachers in the 5th and 4th centuries BC, most of whom travelled about the Greek-speaking world giving instruction in a wide range of subjects in return ..."

Location: California, United States

Retired: 30years law enforcement-last 20 years Criminal Intelligence Detective.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Who Is It That Should Be Grateful?

Many people are sending packages to our service personnel fighting on our behalf in foreign lands. Imagine the surprise when a beneficiary sends back a gift and states that he is grateful for all that others are doing for him. Are things a little upside down? Well, not at all since gratitude is a condition that knows no bounds.

What should be surprising, but it is not, is that there is so many people who are not grateful for all that they have and for those who have sacrificed on their behalf. Unfortunately, gratefulness is not a quality that can be dictated. It is a condition of character. You either have it or you do not.

It makes no difference whether or not you agree with the wars in which we are engaged. Our people fighting those wars are doing so with the best of intentions. People of good character, regardless of their opinion on any particular war, understand that and treat our service personnel with respect. Gratitude and respect are qualities that were sorely lacking during the Vietnam War and to a certain extent today. They have character flaws of lesser quality people; ingrates.