As kids part of class was learning to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.
For those of us who joined the military, we memorize other things like general orders and creeds.
The repetition of these words often lack any real meaning and depth. We generally feel satisfied with keeping the words in our memory bank.
But if all we do is just memorize the words and never give them real meaning, then these oaths, pledges, and creeds are rendered worthless. These words should be guideposts for how to live our lives. But in order to do that, we have to digest them.
The Navy and Marine Corps have core values of honor, courage, and commitment. Words that are supposed to have meaning and shape how people live their lives. Maybe I didn’t notice before or I just wrote tasteless jokes off as just that, but when you look deeper people who tell jokes to minimize the events in Charlottesville are knowingly or unknowingly supporting and tolerating bad behavior. For the men and women who share and tell these jokes who served, learned the core values, recited them, when I see this happening it lets me know that the words were just memorized and recited, nothing more.