I am a man of the ripe old age of twenty-three, and while my generation may lack some of the experiences of past generations, we carry an interesting perspective on life that must be acknowledged for its importance. We have always been a generation at war.
The realization that our generation has always been in war is not a solemn one for me, it's actually quite a trivial matter; statements like: "We've always been at war," or "My father, brother, husband, or myself may deploy and not return [the same]" have become facts of life. I say them with the same emotion and conviction that I would tell a child that the Earth revolves around the Moon, or that there aren't monsters under his bed. There is no trepidation, anxiety, or fear in my affirmation of these simple truths; they merely exist.
They exist in the same purgatory as this perpetually never ending conflict exists. This purgatory we find ourselves in is one of our own creation and its one that thousands every year seek to escape. We find ourselves in a limbo that we know nothing outside of, because it's all that we have ever been taught. We grew up in a post 9/11 world, where terrorism has surpassed communism as the 'big bad boogie man' and regulation for safety at the expense of freedom has become the status-quo.