Yesterday was Memorial Day in the United States, a day where we remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country. These fallen soldiers were Jedi, whether they used, believed, or maybe were even unaware of what a Jedi was. The majority of these who died for their country did so for just causes while some died in wars that did not need to be fought, but that is not the focus of this post.
The focus has to deal with flags and their effect on us as a species. In a quote often attributed to Patton but actually from the movie of the same name, the character Patton said, “I want you to remember that no bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor, dumb bastard die for his country.” In this case flag and country are synonymous. Why are we so willing to fight and kill over what makes us different? Flags, lines on a map, religion, political affiliation, and skin color are just a few examples of ridiculous things to fight and go to war over. Carl Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot does a good job of putting this into perspective.
So what is the solution? One I believe in would be a flag for the planet Earth and the human race as a whole, one that would unite our species and help us realize we are all in this together. There has been a recent proposal for this, as well as numerous real and fictional variants throughout history as well.
Would this work? I don’t know but I would be willing to give it a try as a short term initial trial run. But I feel that this would always act as a dividing line. The minute we encounter an alien race our flag would indicate that they are not part of our group. Where do you draw the line? Our galaxy, galactic cluster, the entire universe, or maybe even different dimensions? I hope you can see the folly in this.
There is no real direction to this thought train, it is simply a rambling investigation of our attachment to our identity. This will be discussed further in the book when I discuss the Republic, my term for our collective in the universe. What are your thoughts on this? Am I a traitor to my country or a patriot for my species? Or something in between? Let me know in the comments. And if this made you think a little please be sure to like and share it.