My blog is normally not a blog for lovers of the fine arts (a.k.a. les beaux arts, les belles arts).
But my cyber friend clanton1934 has written an essay so full of both knowledge and wisdom, that I simply have to reblog it on my own blog.
Dont forget to also have a look at my comment to clanton1934’s blog post.
Why? Because I think my comment summarizes the content of clanton1934’s essay pretty well.
So instead of quoting from the essay I here copy what i wrote in my own comment:
Thank you so much for sharing your memories!
This blog post of yours was really worth reading – and rereading. Not to say pondering – and repondering.
A friend of mine teaches History at a pre-universuty level here in Sweden, and I’m going to send him copy of this eminent and sagacious blog post.
At the same time I’ll enclose four Wikipedia articles for my teacher friend:
1) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K-ration ;
2) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosie_the_Riveter ;
3) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spam_(food); and
4) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G.I._Bill .
Those four bits of information, mentioned by you en passant, were totally new to me. Of course we Europeans had our own equivalences or analogies of those things you bring up in your essay, but never before have I heard or read anything about how such things were dealt with in the U.S.
Historical events usually seem to be treated with a narrowness that is almost frightening. We know, at best, what happened, but then only from our own narrow outlook and close-minded perspective(s).
Your wonderful article, clanton1934, also makes me remember and interesting detail from my own history books here in Sweden.
Sweden was, for centuries, often at war with its neighbor Denmark, and one of the Danish kings from those war times was called Christian “the Tyrant” in the Swedish history books. But in Danish history books that same king had the epithet “the Good and Caretaking”.
So don’t try to tell that perspective(s) and open-mindedness doesn’t matter, clanton 1934. :o)
As a matter of fact, I believe that we need to look at the course of (historical) events from more than one possible perspective.
I also think – or at least hope – that the web, the internet, allows us to do just that. Thereby hopefully leading to a better understanding of each other, i.e. less tendency to begin throwing stones or even more dangerous things at each other, and more acceptance of each other’s needs and wants.
Conclusion (if I may call it so): If you want a more peaceful world, invest in education. Better educated people means better understanding of each other’s traditions, caprices and intellectual vices – which hopefully may lead to more forgiveness and considerateness (i.e. morality coming from within ourselves, NOT from a punishing or rewarding imaginary divine entity friend called God or so).
BTW, You quote the Persian poet, astronomer and mathematician Omar Khayyám (read more about him here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omar_Khayy%C3%A1m ). Do you remember our conversation the last weekend, clanton1934? We discussed the the topic why so many pshysicians and mathematicians are fond of – and often also good at – music, poetry, painting and other “beaux arts” (fine arts).
In this beautifully written essay you’ve demonstrated, clanton1934, that you yourself are an artist practicing different aspects of “les belles arts” in a highly enjoyable way, both for yourself and your readers/followers.
In short, clanton1934, your aesthetic intelligence is extremely high. Maybe I’m the first one here on your blog to admit and applaud that fact. But I’m sure that you’ve must have heard that same kind of praise many times IRL. Otherwise I suspect you happen to live in a town inhabited only by uneducated morons.
AND FINALLY: Even if you don’t like my “summary” of clanton1934’s beautiful essay, please don’t care a fig for my own brief “résumé”. Read the original essay! Clanton 1934 is a man of extremely high aesthetic intelligence. So just relax and enjoy what he’s got to tell his blog readers/blog followers.
My peer group, too young to be considered “The Greatest Generation” and born before the “Baby Boomers”, we entered adulthood with only modest bruises from The Great Depression and The Second World War. I have vivid memories of both, but I was still in elementary school when The Japanese General surrendered his sword to General Douglas MacArthur on the decks of th USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, September 2, 1945. It is estimated that fifty to sixty million human beings were killed in that war which was two and a half per cent of the world’s population. My Uncle, Bourley Clanton, the crown jewel of my grandmother’s life was precisely the U.S. Army’s most desirable age in 1941 and he served in The Pacific through out the entire war, My grandmother had a “blue star” flag permanently in her front window and she had a military regulation size American…
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