“Life without Soul” – (1915) a movie based on Mary Shelly’s (1818) novel: Frankenstein. You probably know the story/plot of how scientist Frankenstein strives to create life from that which is dead…and in creating this monster-is repulsed by that which he created…..
This concept of ‘life without soul’ came to mind when reading of yet another newspaper and their decision to publish/promote/sell pictures of a mortally wounded service man without consent of his family thus violating an ethics code for embedded journalist/media…. knowing/understanding the rules/ethics yet intentionally discarding them for temporal gain.
(The Associated Press in publication 8/14/09 Afghanistan as the New York Times 2/3/07 Iraq – links at bottom of post.)
In America we have the right to ‘free speech’ – (third article of Bill of Rights/US Constitution) http://www.constitution.org/billofr_.htm — those rights bought/paid/sacrificed by those men and women in our military service. Our men and women who volunteer to serve take an oath to protect/defend/bear true allegiance… http://www.history.army.mil/faq/oaths.htm our sons/daughters/neighbors take this oath and live and die by the ethics/code of this oath. Yet the media who operates in this freedom has sold their soul/ethics/humanity/credibility in violating in their “Professional integrity” in breaking their code of ethics. http://www.spj.org/ethicscode.asp ….. life without soul”
“I don’t believe what I read in the papers, they’re just out to capture my dime.” (Paul Simon) Penny papers, yellow journalism…censorship… NO …. Report, Review, Respect.
Enough on the media…
Ronald Regan words resound through this best…
That marine and all those others like him, living and dead, have been faithful to their ideals. They’ve given willingly of themselves so that a nearly defenseless people in a region of great strategic importance to the free world will have a chance someday to live lives free of murder and mayhem and terrorism. I think that young marine and all of his comrades have given every one of us something to live up to.
They were not afraid to stand up for their country or, no matter how difficult and slow the journey might be, to give to others that last, best hope of a better future. We cannot and will not dishonor them now and the sacrifices they’ve made by failing to remain as faithful to the cause of freedom and the pursuit of peace as they have been.
I will not ask you to pray for the dead, because they’re safe in God’s loving arms and beyond need of our prayers. I would like to ask you all — wherever you may be in this blessed land — to pray for these wounded young men and to pray for the bereaved families of those who gave their lives for our freedom.
God bless you, and God bless America. http://www.reagan.utexas.edu/archives/speeches/1983/102783b.htm
Our thoughts and prayers for Lance Corporal Joshua Bernard, his family and friends.