Explaining war

History Teacher tries to explain war to his five-year-old son whose Magic Tree House book lets children travel through time to a civil war battlefield to help injured soldiers. “

Why are they hurt?”

“Well, people can get hurt when fighting a war.”

“Do people die?”

“Yes, sometimes people die.”

Tears start to well up, “Why do people fight then?”

“They fight to stop other people from doing bad things. Or they fight because they are making bad choices. Or they fight because they just can’t agree.”

Tears turn into sobs. “I don’t like this, I don’t want to read this.”

Then a former student, wounded on his third tour in Iraq, drops by to visit. History Teacher saw him start to get engaged in school when he wrote a poem about war based on the work of World War I poets. After graduation, he enlisted in the Marine Corps.

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  1. Walter E. Wallis says:

    The authority to compel others to do your bidding is such a compelling prize that we will always be fighting either to gain it or to deny it to others.
    Get used to it

  2. I suppose teaching a five-year-old about Pompeii and the Titanic will be less traumatic. They might as well throw in chapters on drug addiction and the sex trades.