Memorial Day in the United States honors those who have bravely and unselfishly given their lives to protect the freedoms of those who pursue happiness. This tribute even extends to those soldiers who have remained unidentified—called the Unknown Soldiers.
I would like to point out another real category of brave soldiers whose “deaths” help protect our inner or spiritual pursuit of eternal happiness. These spiritual soldiers are also unknown and unidentified for the most part. They fight on a different, more intimate battlefield. They fight against a more ruthless, yet invisible, enemy that affects people’s hearts and minds. This “life and death” battle is a war in which the fighting and combat takes place within an individual’s deeper soul—to conquer one’s negative self-centered compulsions in favor of a greater love for others and for society.
It is a war where, to win, one must consciously choose to die.
These brave men and women sacrifice their “old lives” and old habits instead of their temporal terrestrial bodies. They “die” and are reborn anew as the angels of our society! There are no grand memorials or official holidays to honor their great sacrifice (of self-love) and service to society—but serve society fairly and justly, they do!
Someday, this will be the only kind of war that people the world over participate in. It is the only “war” in which mutual love is exalted, where all human lives become elevated, and everybody wins.
These unknown brave individuals certainly receive my respect and thanks. We need more of them!