Day Three.

4 Dec

Today is ‘Advise your military’ day. Basically the idea is that I have to write a letter to an armed forces officer expressing my gratitude and offering them advise (for example, co-ordinates for a dangerous mission…) so that they might know that we are truly grateful back home. This is definitely one of the ones I am chickening out of in fear of being arrested for wasting important time, and so as I stated in my introduction I will instead perform a task from my other life changing book which I will update you on at the end of the day.

In the spirit of the Armed Forces however, I am going to take this opportunity to write down a speech from my favourite film ‘A Few Good Men’, one that I believe can speak to people on so many levels and is undoubtedly one of the most real and beautiful moments in film. It is from the finale of the film in which Tom Cruises character Kaffee is questioning Jessep (Jack Nicholson) about an order that was given which resulted in a fellow Marine’s death.


Jessep: You want answers?
Kaffee (Tom Cruise): I think I’m entitled to them.
Jessep: You want answers?
Kaffee: I want the truth!
Jessep: You can’t handle the truth! Son, we live in a world that has walls. And those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Who’s gonna do it? You? You, Lt. Weinberg? I have a greater responsibility than you can possibly fathom. You weep for Santiago and you curse the Marines. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know: that Santiago’s death, while tragic, probably saved lives. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives…You don’t want the truth. Because deep down, in places you don’t talk about at parties, you want me on that wall. You need me on that wall. We use words like honor, code, loyalty…we use these words as the backbone to a life spent defending something. You use ’em as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom I provide, then questions the manner in which I provide it! I’d rather you just said thank you and went on your way. Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon and stand a post. Either way, I don’t give a damn what you think you’re entitled to!

I think no matter what your viewpoint on the Armed Forces and whether you believe them to be a burden or a necessity, this speech is powerful and relevant.

If I was going to send anything to the Armed Forces I would send this speech as a morale boost.

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