"Freedom is not free," goes the saying. Fellow blogger Baby Blue Online posts news that China is blocking all kinds of internet communication as the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre comes up.
China is interfering with Blogger, YouTube and other internet outlets that we all take for granted. The manifest wisdom of free and open communication is not seen as manifest or wise in many parts of the world, and the sad truth is that we have freedom of speech and other liberties because many people died fighting for them.
This is an ostensibly Christian blog, and warfare is something that most followers of Jesus want to limit. Some disciples are pacifists. Prayers for peace are common in churches. War is what happens when human beings fail to use the highest capacities that God has given to the human race.
But the irony is that those higher capacities could not flourish on earth without warriors to sacrifice for them in dire times.
Whatever our ambivalence about war, "selfish" is too weak a word to describe us if we don't stop to remember and give thanks for the lives laid down so that we can, among other things, blog and tweet.