IT IS THE SOLDIER

It is the Soldier, not the minister
Who has given us freedom of religion.

It is the Soldier, not the reporter
Who has given us freedom of the press.

It is the Soldier, not the poet
Who has given us freedom of speech.

It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer
Who has given us freedom to protest.

It is the Soldier, not the lawyer
Who has given us the right to a fair trial.

It is the Soldier, not the politician
Who has given us the right to vote.

CHARLES M. PROVINCE, IT IS THE SOLDIER

Mr. Province is a veteran so for him it was simple to see his side of this truth.
The remarkable thing is the attention this poem got from the rest of the society, It is seldom that the ‘regular guy’, the ‘doer’ gets the recognition he deserves.

Yet.

Without priests we wouldn’t have had faith,
Without reporters many truths would have remained hidden,
Without poets our words would have been bland,
Without social activists we would have remained slaves,
Without (some of) the lawyers the law would have become an empty word to be used at the whim of the powerfuls of the day and
Without the real politicians (those few who work for the community) our society would be in a constant state of (cold) war, akin to what’s happening in a baboon troupe.

In fact the only difference between a gang of monkeys and a human community is that the first is based on the week submitting to the most powerful while the latter on the cooperation between the elite and the commoners.

Please note that it is not enough that the individuals in a group to be humans, they need to act their parts! When ever people forget to do that very nasty things come to be, look at what is happening right now in Syria.
And check out this video. The individuals act as our distant ancestors might have done. Yet they are bonobos, apes and not humans, not even primitive humans. Monkeys.

Good monkeys. Monkeys that cooperate and respect each-other.