Displays of humility, even ceremonial, are very rare in 2016. I haven’t seen a display of humility in a long, long time. I found it “nice to see”. This is why I edited it the way I did. But one man’s inspiration is another man’s treachery so for so many that I did a service, I did an equal disservice.
I grew up in New Jersey in the suburbs, a town away from Elizabeth, two towns from Newark and went to NYC frequently.
I only came out here when I was 30. I’m 44 now.
When I look at these veterans in this situation, it’s COMPLETELY foreign to me.
Like you, I’m generally an individualist. “Why should I apologize? I wasn’t there. Don’t blame me.”
Generally that’s how I think, believe it or not.
But seeing something foreign like this *is* fascinating to me.
I don’t know what it’s like to think of my own history as a ‘unit’ like that. What’s it like to consider things that happened 300 years ago as “just as present” as today?
A lot of cultures think that way, not just Native American.
So, what I see here is a cultural exchange. This is, to me, not so different from ambassadors visiting China in the early 1800s.
Of course it’s different now: Modern native americans have had access to many of the benefits of our society.
But they still are raised in different cultures than ours with different traditions.
I appreciate seeing that respected, rather than behaving like typical Americans.
I admire this display because I don’t think that *I* would ever have that courage of my convictions to stand there and do what they did.
Yes, it’s ceremonial but still, it takes guts to prostrate and ask for forgiveness.
Could I do that? I don’t know. But I admire those who can do so willingly without coercion.
That’s what stands out about this for me above all else:
The veterans CHOSE to do this.
Were it forced then that would be an entirely different situation.
I’m chosey about what I say. I don’t always manage to get across what I *mean* properly: I tend to get misinterpreted by almost everybody on the internet from time to time.
But there’s still some combinations of words I don’t use and won’t let anybody put in my mouth to say.
But I have no problem with saying and meaning “Hillary Clinton sucks”. I just can’t call somebody a bad person.