“The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom” (Isaac Asimov) on the path least traveled….  

Diary of the journey on the path least traveled..just letting the heart do the talking while the fingers do the walking while being different, being me… 🙂 Me 1 copy

( “I do not do, say or write something to been seen or heard… I  do, say or write something because it needed to be done, said or written…” ,  no nominations please, just sharing thoughts while exploring life  🙂 ).. 🙂

I witnessed the toll conflict inflicted on all creatures great and small, a conflict that sown the seeds of suffering and anger… “Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.”  (Dwight D. Eisenhower)..  🙂

 

 

I am sitting on the ground… 🙂

We were volunteers, one and all
So Noble.. Proud.. and Brave,
Did not know the reasons for  war
Just a people from tyranny to save!

Glasses held high, we made an toast
Surely that Victory would rule the day!
While back at home, the voices of unrest
Not a kind word for  us did they say.

Some could not vote, children were we
Some could not drink, but still our battle cry,
Even with all that we could not do
For us children, it was to do or die!

Vietnam was a hostile, violent land
The dangers, the horrors of war abound,
Whether the paddies of Vietnam or the fields of home,
Seemed for us, not a friend could be found.

But we proudly  gave it our all
Faced  our destiny, with a hint of fear of tomorrow
Some to return to a mother’s joy
Some to return to a mother’s sorrow.

So should you be looking on today
One more toast,  hold your glasses high,
To PEACE, HOPE and LOVE, may they long endure
CHEERS, LADS AND LASSIES!!!.. And SEMPER FI
          ( Larry “Dutch” Woller, Sgt, 12th Marine Regiment, Vietnam, 1965–1966...)

Hello Diary,

This coming weekend is Memorial Day on the prairies…. a time to give thoughts to those who gave their all in a time of conflict… I will take a moment to have some thoughts about them, some who were friends of mine… perhaps have a memory or two of what we shared together…  🙂
Then I will think of those who paid the dearest price, the parents, the siblings, of those who were caught up in conflict, the son, the daughter, the brother, the sister,  some to come home wounded inside and out, some who would not return at all…  🙂
Spend the day doing my part and hopefully with others  I can help to ensure that their sacrifice was not in vain, that peace will reign supreme and no others will have to make a sacrifice again…:)
I will also spend the day doing my part and hopefully with others so no one will have to deal with conflict here on the prairies and elsewhere like the children and others in Texas…  🙂

“What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or in the holy name of liberty or democracy?” ( Mahatma Gandhi)

I set here looking at the news
The powers wanted peace they say,
And while they spoke, bombs were dropped
20 children died that day!

What’s wrong with this idea?
Why not give PEACE a try,
Let’s give it a go, everyone
Maybe no more children will die 

Smiles on their faces, while shaking hands
Arms deals for defense would come into play,
A bomb went off in a crowded market
10 children died that day.

What’s wrong with this idea?
Why not give a world with LOVE a try,
Let’s give it a go, everyone
Maybe no more children will die 

 A war to end all wars, they said
Yet to war they always return,
Death, destruction, suffering and pain
Won’t they every learn?

What’s wrong with this idea?
Let’s give LEARNING a try,
Let’s give it a go, everyone
Maybe no more children will die. 

 Anger versus anger, hate versus hate
Seeds sown by war at home and away,
Starvation , sickness, a mother in tears
More and more children die every day.

What’s wrong with this idea?
Why not give PEACE, LOVE and LEARNING a try,
Let’s give it a go, everyone
Maybe no more children will die.
( Larry “Dutch” Woller) 

Well, I had better close for now… have dreams to follow, adventures awaiting and perhaps be a rainbow in someone’s cloud (Maya Angelou)…  but I shall return again one day, Fate be willin’ and the creeks don’t rise..  🙂

“Don’t walk in front of me… I may not follow, don’t walk behind me… I may not lead,
Walk beside me… and be my friend” (Albert Camus) and until we meet again.. 🙂

 May the love that you give
Always return to you,
That family and friends are many
And always remain true,
May your mind only know peace
No suffering or strife,
May your heart only know love and happiness
On your journey through life.
     (Larry “Dutch” Woller)

17 thoughts on ““The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom” (Isaac Asimov) on the path least traveled….  

  1. That is one of your best posts. My congratulations. If your country fights an unpopular war, never take out your feelings on the men who are doing the fighting. They have no choice. As the poet said:
    “Theirs not to make reply, Theirs not to reason why, Theirs but to do and die.”
    Here in Merrye Englande, wars against Iraq, and Libya and in Afghanistan were never popular among ordinary people.
    But when the coffins came back, there was no shortage of mourners who appreciated their sacrifice

    And that’s how it should be.

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    • Thank you for visiting and kind words!!.. I do agree, and perhaps share a thought or two about the living also… 🙂

      Until we meet again..
      May your troubles be less
      Your blessings be more
      And nothing but happiness
      Come through your door
      (Irish Saying)

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    • Thank you for stopping by!.. we will not only remember those who have falling, but those living who paid a price and lost loved ones.. 🙂

      Until we meet again..
      May love and laughter light your days,
      and warm your heart and home.
      May good and faithful friends be yours,
      wherever you may roam.
      May peace and plenty bless your world
      with joy that long endures.
      May all life’s passing seasons
      bring the best to you and yours!
      (Irish Saying)

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    • Thank you for visiting and kind words!!.. have a wonderful day today, and every day and until we meet again…
      May love and laughter light your days,
      and warm your heart and home.
      May good and faithful friends be yours,
      wherever you may roam.
      May peace and plenty bless your world
      with joy that long endures.
      May all life’s passing seasons
      bring the best to you and yours!
      (Irish Saying)

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    • Thank you for visiting!!.. any conflict is a sad time and hopefully, with technology, one day conflicts will stop and it will be a happy, carefree time, not a sad time… 🙂

      Until we meet again..
      May the road rise to meet you
      May the wind be always at your back
      May the sun shine warm upon your face
      The rains fall soft upon your fields
      May green be the grass you walk on
      May blue be the skies above you
      May pure be the joys that surround you
      May true be the hearts that love you.
      (Irish Saying)

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  2. Thank you again for your service, Larry. My father said that Vietnam would be beautiful if not for the war. Thank you also for your wisdom. The words of Isaac Asimov about knowledge and wisdom are more true now than ever.

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    • Thank you for visiting and kind words!!.. hopefully one day wisdom will reign and we can talk about the living and not the dead…. 🙂

      Until we meet again..
      May the road rise to meet you
      May the wind be always at your back
      May the sun shine warm upon your face
      The rains fall soft upon your fields
      May green be the grass you walk on
      May blue be the skies above you
      May pure be the joys that surround you
      May true be the hearts that love you.
      (Irish Saying)

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    • Thank you for visiting and kind words!!.. 🙂

      Have a wonderful day every day and until we meet again..
      May your troubles be less
      Your blessings be more
      And nothing but happiness
      Come through your door
      (Irish Saying)

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  3. Your two songs were well chosen Dutch, they resonate lot. I appreciate the sacrifice made by all servicemen and women, I’m ex services too. but I wish Governments would consider more the wars they involved their men in, some can last for such a long time and the body bags stack upI think your peace, love and education are better weapons in some cases.

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    • Thank you for stopping by and kind words!!.. glad you enjoyed your visit!!.. 🙂

      Until we meet again..
      May your troubles be less
      Your blessings be more
      And nothing but happiness
      Come through your door
      (Irish Saying)

      Like

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