Our Obligations to the Fallen

As a species we have a horrific history of inhumanity. For over 3,400 years of our recorded past, humankind has been embroiled in war and conflict almost non-stop. Some of us pause for a moment every year to remember. We live most days forgetting our obligations to the fallen.

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Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 12-40 mm f/2.8 @ 12 mm, efov 24 mm, f/8, 1/2, ISO-200

We have an obligation to uphold and guard our hard-fought democratic principles. Not obfuscate facts and justify transgressions with partisan misinformation.

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We have an obligation to seek to understand different cultures. Not promote bigotry and hated.

Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 12-40 mm f2.8 @ 40 mm, efov 80 mm, f/5.6, 1/8, ISO-200

We have an obligation to help the least advantaged in society. Not demonize the poor.

Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 12-40 mm f/2.8 @ 13 mm, efov 26 mm, f/5, 1/8, ISO-200

We have an obligation to ensure the sustainability of our planet. Not deny the realities of climate change.

Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 @ 97 mm, efov 194 mm, f/2.8, 1/125, ISO-200

We have an obligation to learn lessons from the past. Not continue the cycle of humankind’s failures.

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We have an obligation to equanimity.  Not live our lives consumed with rage, fear and other base emotions.

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We have an obligation to pay our fair share. Not live a life of personal avarice.

Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 @ 46 mm, efov 92 mm, f/5.6, 1/10, ISO-200

We have an obligation to live our lives trying to make the world a better place. They did.

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Photographs were captured hand-held using camera gear as noted in the EXIF data. All images were produced from RAW files using my standard process.

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11 thoughts on “Our Obligations to the Fallen”

  1. Tom,

    I remembered this headline from an advert a long time ago – “Give the history a present” and it is somehow apt alongside your wonderful photo-essay. Truly, we ought to honor the memories of those who gave up their lives so that we can have ours.

    Oggie
    http://www.lagalog.com

  2. Thomas,
    You are, as usual, right on the mark. They fulfilled their obligation to us and the rest of humanity. We need to honour their sacrifice in our every-day lives. We take far too much for granted. The recent election should be an eye-opener for all of us as to how we all fall short of our obligations to the fallen. We MUST remember them.

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