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It is my turn at Vision & Verb and today I am sharing a tragic event from my family history.
Tags: Family, Heritage, History, Life, Tragedy, Vision & Verb, WW1, WW2
8 Comments CherryPie on Oct 31st 2013
That’s too terrifying!
The terrifying reality of war…
A sad story. My maternal great great grandfather committed suicide, but he hanged himself, and didn’t take his wife with him. I haven’t discovered why he did it , though.
It is a sad story, I don’t take at face value the reason for why he took those actions.
My personal thought on the cause of his actions is that he was suffering from what we now know as ‘Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome’ (PTSD).
PTSD can take many forms and people do strange things. I’ve seen it myself.
PTSD and indeed Stress in general affects people in many different ways. It can be quite dibilitating.
I was watching a program the other week in which mention of suicide was made. Some statistics for soldiers were discussed. It seems that (in America) the largest proportion of soldier suicides are military doctors.
PTSD is not simply from tangible trauma but from (in the Drs case) the fantasy of shame. The view is that modern warfare gets injured soldiers to the medicos fast. They would have perished slowly, gruesomely on the field in previous times but now the medics are expected to save them. It is often just not possible. Even with modern surgical techniques and medicines, many die.
A soldier with honour and Integrity does not want to let his comrades down. Reputations of men and Regiments are built on ‘never leave a man behind”.
There is no shame, of course, in failing to save a man whose injuries defy repair. But shame is felt, just as guilt can be felt by an innocent man accused of something. It is deadly. In both instances. Falsely accused men are the largest proportion of civilian suicides.
Thank you for your additional thoughts, they are most interesting. There is as you say no shame, but people are always so hard on themselves.
When people are responsible for others lives and the results are not favourable because as you say the injuries defy repair I think that hardness on oneself would be more keenly felt.
Thank you again for inspiring me to get around to writing this post
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