Personal Principles In The Face Of War

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Personal morals are a powerful thing. However, when it comes to war, they take a back seat to duty. There are several examples, fiction and non-fiction, of how personal morals do not exist in times of active war. Morals will sit in the back of the mind and fester there until duty has been accomplished. Once the duty has been completed individuals that abandoned their moral compass will think of the wrongs they did in the name of duty. Although an individual can temporarily suspend their moral compass, it will always come back to eat away at the mind. There is no escaping the betrayal of personal principles. Guest of the Nation has a very clear example of the morality of an individual being abandoned. Bonaparte and his companion Noble were given the task of guarding two hostages. During the time Bonaparte and Noble spent with the hostages they developed a friendship with them. Eventually, the time came when the two hostages had to be shot. This is the point Bonaparte’s morals came to play. During the procession of shooting the two hostages, Bonaparte’s mind was contemplating on setting them free. He thought that if they ran, he wouldn’t shoot. He thought that he truly wanted the hostages to make a run for it. Although these thoughts may have been running through Bonaparte’s head, the two hostages still died. Bonaparte’s friends still met their cruel fate. The reason for this, Bonaparte’s morals took a back seat to duty. This story concludes with a thought by Bonaparte, “And anything that happened to me afterwards, I never felt the same about again.” This shows that although he suspended his personal morals for just enough time to result in death, they came back to haunt him. Although Bonaparte’s personal moral was there in the back of his mind, it was insignificant. Because it was insignificant, it may as well have been absent. Moral compass is only effective and significant when it is put into action. Otherwise, it is seemingly useless. Bonaparte knew that he was involved in a war. He was aware that he was friends with the enemy. He was aware that his friends had to die. War is a place for death, not for friendship. However, at the same time he knew this information, he also knew that it was wrong to kill his friends. It was wrong to kill these two people who had shown no threat. But alas, it was his duty to kill the hostages. Thousands of people come back from war with some sort of psychological damage. Typically they are labeled as sufferers of...

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