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A Fine Line - Between Chaos and Creation

Everybody seems to think I'm lazy; I don't mind, I think they're crazy...

NaBloPoMo 2018 - Day Eleven
I've been in a very reflective mood since yesterday, as I powered through watching all 10 episodes of HBO's The Pacific, to coincide with today. The stories of the US Marines in the Pacific Theater of Operations were ones I was unfamiliar with, but nonetheless deeply stirring. My school studies usually focused on the Canadian troops in battles such as the Battle of the Atlantic for the navy, and in Italy and France for the army and airmen. It's one thing to know that WW2 was an incredibly large scale war; another thing entirely to realize that what formed most of your entire basis of knowledge was literally just a drop in the bucket in the total war events.

Watching The Pacific, there was a big sense of disconnect between the events depicted in the show and the European stages of the war; watching the Marines off in the jungles fighting the Japanese, while there's barely any mention of the Nazis or anything going on with the Holocaust itself. It almost didn't feel like they were part of the same war, if not for the fact that there's an infrequent mention of current war events in Europe.

I think the series was incredibly well done and managed to pack so much into those 10 episodes, it felt weird at the end; like it should have taken longer. I don't know if I could have taken more, though - I'm already feeling a bit emotionally strung out from watching those (in a good way).

On another note: It's been 100 years since the end of WW1. It's hard to believe that was (already? only?) 100 years.

Regardless of what country Allied soldiers fought for in either war, they all did so for the freedoms we take for granted today. May we never forget.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.