Two articles on this first weekend in June:
A crack in the Stoic's armor at http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/05/30/ a-crack-in-the-stoic-armor/
by Nancy Sherman
wanted to feel and process the loss. They wanted to register the complex inner moral landscape of war by finding their own emotions. .....For some, the war after the war is unrelenting. It is about psychological trauma and multiple suicide attempts, exacerbated by his own sense of shame
Yet in the more than 30 interviews I conducted with soldiers who have returned from the current wars, what I heard was the wish to let go of the Stoic armor. They in not being the Stoic warrior that he thought he could and should be.
And in this Sunday's Ideas Section of the Boston Globe is this interesting article comparing Americans and Europeans on individualism and conformity:www.boston.com/bostonglobe/ideas/articles/2010/06/06/sweet_land_of_conformity