I grew up in Fayetteville, North Carolina, a town right next door to one of the largest army bases in the US. Many of my school friends were “Army Brats,” although my parents had nothing to do with the Army. In this environment, I learned a bit about the military culture and saw in a real and personal way, the effect on a family of a father being in the Army and serving in a war.
Long story short, by the time I was military age, I didn’t want to have anything to do with the military. And so as I reached draft age, I decided that I was a conscientious objector, a pacifist. I never did get my CO status, but I ended up not being drafted or having to serve in the Vietnam War because of a physical deferment. My right ankle was in bad shape and that was good enough for the Army to exempt me from service.
Meanwhile I was developing my pacifist philosophy, and the other passions about which I discuss on the other pages under the Activism menu. In a very real way, the Peace and Justice Movement, the Cooperative Movement, and the Green Party are all interconnected. It’s all part of living in a constructive, conscious way.