How does a citizen serve their country? I’ve been watching the news lately and noticed something which irks me a bit. There’s an implication that in order to serve your country, you must be part of the military. Now I honestly don’t have any issues with the military. Sure I don’t support why we’re fighting a war in the Middle East, however my support of the troops is unwavering.
Back to the implication about “serving our country”. What does serving our country really mean? Can’t I serve my country by promoting a healthy dialogue about political agendas? Must I join the military to serve my country? I happen to think not. A National Guard’s job is important, in my mind, just as important as a park ranger in Mt. Rainier National Park. Both people are serving our country. Yes, you can make a very valid argument the military is putting their life on the line to maintain our freedoms in America. I also think it’s admirable of someone to educate and preserve our country’s national parks…. thus serving our country.
On that same token, our teachers are grossly underpaid and taken for granted. Their contributions to American society and our freedoms aren’t any less important than those proudly serving time in the military. Teachers serve their country every day by being tasked with teaching our young population about the world around them.
How do you serve your country Egan? I serve my country by being open to change, by voting in all elections, by giving a damn about the direction of our country, by participating in jury duty, and by blogging. Now that I got this off my chest I feel much better. What are your thoughts on this topic?