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Sobering food for thought -

I have always rejected the idea that TV, movies, video games and other forms of entertainment media cause us to become more violent.  I believe that we can face imaginary scenarios without attaching ourselves to them and examine hypothetical situations in ways that encourage us to think.

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  • Carol P. Christ
    Carol P. Christ says #
    Military training should be a feminist and a pagan issue. The other day Ted was writing about masculine role models. We need to pr
  • Kveldrefr
    Kveldrefr says #
    For tens of thousands of years, males were conditioned by evolution to be warriors, protectors, and hunters. You're not going to c
  • Aryós Héngwis
    Aryós Héngwis says #
    "I note that the little girl's (tragic) death took place in China, which has for centuries gone down the path of devaluing of the

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Ares is not a very popular god.  I'd say in a lot of areas he is pretty reviled.  People need to keep in mind that the gods can give or they can take.  Ares is not only the bersker, the bloody warrior, the lover of battle.  He is also the protective father, the defender of the home and land, the policeman.  Some areas would chain his statue as a representation that they wanted him kept close to their home in order to defend it.  If you believe that he is the same as Mars, then he also has agricultural aspects (which makes a lot of sense, since blood is a really good fertilizer).  But today, I'm not here to discuss Ares but to offer a prayer to him.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_emb-551.jpgFor my inaugural article here at PaganSquare for the newly minted military section, I had a lot of ideas on which direction to take, but I couldn't quite decide where I wanted to set my focus. Some of you may be familiar with my writings on the Pagan Newswire Collective's Warriors and Kin in which I have been faithfully posting there each week for a little over three years. Sometimes, I ramble a bit (who am I kidding, I ramble a lot!), and sometimes I readily admit it's hard to come up with that hard-hitting journalism that seems to come naturally to so many other writers over at PNC and within the Pagan community as a whole. I call myself a hack, but I write from the heart, and I hope you enjoy what I offer.

So where did my mind wander for this article? Well, the last Monday in May is a national holiday – Memorial Day, which I found to quite apt. It is a holiday many Americans equate with the unofficial beginning of summer thanks to the rediscovered warm weather, complete with backyard barbecues. But it means something a whole lot more – an honoring, solemn day of remembrance for all those who have served and have passed.

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  • Trine
    Trine says #
    What a lovely first post, I'm glad to see you here. I've never been in the service, nor have any of my immediate family or friends
  • Lori Dake
    Lori Dake says #
    Thanks Trine, Feel free to share your POV anytime. Outside of visiting Canada and Mexico as a kid, I've never been out of the cou
  • Stephanie Rodriguez
    Stephanie Rodriguez says #
    Well put, Lori. While we should all be able to share and celebrate our differences, the ultimate goal of equality is for them to b
  • Lori Dake
    Lori Dake says #
    Thank you, Stephanie! It's like I said, I have no problem whatsoever with getting your grill on, but it would be nice if more peop

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