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lostnfound Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-05-04 12:17 AM
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11. Our culture has few rites of passage for young men.
Edited on Mon Apr-05-04 12:28 AM by lostnfound
Not meaning to criticize the military route, nor to say that people aren't ultimately responsible for what they do...but I can understand the appeal that 'the toughest job you'll ever love' and the incredible challenges which must be faced to become a SEAL must really appeal to young men who yearn to claim an identity that pushes them to their limits.

Personally I glorify nonviolence, but accept that -- in Jungian terms -- there is a 'warrior archetype' which demands it be given its due. Other older cultures recognize this reality and give it some limited reign through ritualistic or symbolic expressions.

On edit: so my point is this: Given that there's a wide range of family upbringing which young men are exposed to..including some very black-and-white good-vs-evil my-country-right-or-wrong morality; and some taught how worthless they are from a very young age..and given that there are few if any alternatives..it's not surprising that they would find an elite military force to be alluring, first within the US armed services, and later in a private firm where they make more money 'doing the same thing'.
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