I think it’s a mistake for them to be treated as heroes or villains. Such polarities imply conscious decision-making, but their stories frequently reveal a descent away from conscious thought. In war one’s thoughts become reactive instead of proactive. “Do as you’re told” replaces “think for yourself.” Survive replaces live.
So don't consider them as heroes or villains because they are trained? Being a hero includes training. Should a fireman that is able to run into a fire against his fear because of his training not be considered a hero too? It's almost even more admirable because they are trained to not have normal reactions to fear so they can do a job. Heroes they are because of how they end up paying for the mess in one way or another. They used conscious deciscion making to join and be trained.
The typical level of American consciousness won’t be of much help to them; it’s what they’re already being offered, and they reject it as useless. |
The only practical way to help such people is to strive to be a more conscious person yourself, such that you positively influence everyone around you.
Right on! Let's do more conscious raising to help.