I've been in the army, like most men in my country, and I know people that is in the army, and they are absolutly normal people.
But we are in peace. To be ready to die and kill for cause, your country, your religion, there must be an irrational component. It's not good for the war that soldiers wonder why are they figthing, it's not good even for the soldier in the battle field in the middle of bombs and death to wonder "what hell am I doing here?". None sacrifices his own life being too rational.
I don't mean they are irrational persons, and that the whole day they are absurd guys. But in war time, people must believe without rational doubt that their country is right, and enemy deserves hate. And soldiers are in the first line, so they must be more convinced. But as long as the war goes on and soldiers are in the middle of a war they are more irrational. And as far as I've seen, some kind of irrational thougths are more common among militars than among other grups.
And yes, armies want robots. If they could be made, they would build robots that pilot planes, that fight in the ground, that pilot submarines, like in Star wars. Day by day weapons are more complex and automatic and depend less upon the courage of men, upon their decision of sacrifice their own life for a cause, or even upon the their training to keep calm in danger. Day by day to be a soldier is more just a carreer, a professional than a man ready to sacrifice his own life for his country. Death in war is more a calculated risk than a sacrify, so it needs more rational people ans less irrational feelings
Anyhow this is a little off-topic. It would be a good idea to submit a story about rational/irrational behavior of men in war, militars and civils, and all with the background of this war. My English is not
good enough to do it
[ Parent ]