So, looks like most of my friends will be serving their National Service and be forcefully enlisted into the military in a few months time. And it will be my turn in about a year and a half.
Sigh. I cannot fathom how much I hate the military, really. When militarism was first introduced hundreds of years ago, it was for one and one reason only; armed conflict. To kill people and to blow shit up. Why must I feel proud for partaking in shit like that? Why are we continuing to teach future generations how to hold a gun instead of how to resolve things peacefully?
And fuck anyone who calls me ”ungrateful” for saying that. I’m not gonna ask myself what I did for the country. Really, what do I owe to the state? My parents raised me, supported me and my siblings with double jobs, paid for my education while earning substandard wages and battling the ever increasing cost of living, and give me the freedom I want. So I’m grateful to them. I owe my parents a great deal. I owe nothing to the state.
So what has this country done for me? Rotten politicians. Seems like the only way they can get anyone to feel national pride these days is by provoking guilt (if you don’t serve then you’re a bad citizen/person!!) or by third world empathy (Africa has starving black kids We’re so lucky omg!).
I never stop wondering about how different the world would be without militarism.
What if all the governments stopped spending for their army and for their people instead? How many lives could we save? What if we research on food cultivation and alternative energy sources instead of weapons development? How much fuel does a single armored tank consume? Well how much oil and resources can we save then, if militarism came to an end?