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Stupid and Trite

When you hear someone say “Money isn’t everything” it is usually said by someone who has never suffered from lack of money or by some naïve kid that has never had to be financially responsible for anyone or anything in their sheltered lives. Another old classic Latin saying that has always irritated me is “DULCE ET DECORUM EST PRO PATRIA MORI” which roughly translates “It is sweet and right to die for your country” and is usually said by those who are in no danger themselves but are feeling very patriotic with other people’s lives. The medal illustrated below is a prime example of this. It was issued by some German patriotic group in 1916 New York City trying to rally support for Germany in WWI. To my way of thinking General Patton had it right when he said something to the effect that you don’t win a war by dying for your country, you win a war by making the enemy die for their country.