The world is a violent place. This is a fact.
Animals fight one another, men fight one another, and animals fight men; and most of the time it’s hard to recognize who’s the animal and who’s the man.
This world is a violent place. This is a fact.
And in order for most of us to sleep peacefully at night we have to be ignorant. Those of us who say peace and peace alone can withhold the violence of the world at bay are ignorant. Those of us who say flowers stop guns are ignorant. Those of us who say war is dead are ignorant.
But there are a few who choose to see the harsh truth, who choose to dirty their hands, and their hands alone, in silence, in order for our hands to not even be aware of what filth is. These beings choose to be as rough as the devils they face so that we can retain our softness.
We sleep peaceably in our beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on our behalf.
And these rough violent men are the men who deserve our praise, solely based on the fact that they expect no praise, want no praise, and get no praise; yet still do praise worthy deeds.