The movie Heroes starring Henry Winkler and Harrison Ford was the first movie to come out soon after the Vietnam War ended, addressing PTSD and how veterans were not integrating back into society. The bar-fight chop socky is lame by today’s martial arts standards but it was cool for the time when not much was known about vets using combat arts to kick the snot out of bad guys. The Wayward Son song by the band Kansas so fittingly ends the movie plot about the journey Jack Dunne takes. Dunne must address the suffering of his fellow vets and the fact that one of them died after he returned home. This fact allows him ultimately to face his issues and come to some kind of closure. While Hollywood capitalized by making anti-Vietnam war movies about dysfunctional vets it was refraining from making anti-American movies as it is now and promoting foreign agendas. There’s a myth that a lack of opportunity causes men to destroy things in the Middle East or at home. IMO it is based on what men value. Global warming does not contribute to uprisings due to a lack of resources. A man can proceed or recede through an opportune portal of healing for his PTSD (or any portal for that matter), no different than a small country like Israel creating an opportune oasis in the desert, (by planting groves, preserving history, developing technologies etc) why are there more Nobel prizes coming out of there (particularly the sciences) than anywhere else? Are they smarter or does their culture value learning and respect for other cultures? But I digress. Despite the anti-Vietnam culture, or the love given him by Carol, or the lack of a worm farm business Dunne confronts the past and begins the journey of healing because he values the death and sacrifice of his fellow brother not because of opportunity. How odd that worms create what they create in the darkness. Man too can find his way back from the blackness. What do you value, and will you create opportunity out of your struggle of pain? Crawl up from your hole.
In a 1968 Associated Press photo from Vietnam by Art Greenspon, a soldier guides an unseen medevac helicopter to a jungle clearing where wounded comrades wait.
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