On Sunday night, like many others around the country, I sat down to watch the remarkable story of Australian Victorian Cross recipient, Corporal Ben Roberts-Smith. Quite simply, I was in awe of him and his kind: An Australian Hero
Today however, I learned about this: "The Circle faces backlash after mocking hero" ... and I felt gutted!
I've never watched The Circle, but it seems to pretty much represent everything I dislike: frivolous, shallow and mindless, celebrity gossip. Interestingly, this freedom to be superficial has been bought by the blood, sweat and tears of men and women just like Corp. Ben Roberts-Smith.
It's just too easy to take our lifestyle for granted & have a dig at a man who, by some people's estimation, has 'the perfect body'; but let's stop to think for a moment WHY he works so hard; WHY his muscles are so big; and WHY he is so fit. It most certainly is NOT for a Mr Universe contest.
Australia's SAS soldiers go into THE most dangerous places in the world to carry out almost impossible missions that other military personnel have not been able to accomplish. They spend weeks at a time in the field without sleep, proper food or even a shower. All the while carrying massive packs on their backs, including communication equipment, guns and ammunition. Every minute of every day, they stare death straight in the face with an acceptance it is their duty and honour to die for their country. They rely on their physical strength and fitness, together with their intelligence, courage and strength of character to achieve their objectives.
Because I sincerely honour and respect the sacrifices made by our military personnel, I felt personally insulted by the comments made on The Circle. It somehow cheapened what these men and women do for us; dragging them down to a superficial level. The truth is, I'm probably more offended than Corp. Ben Roberts-Smith. I dare say he will take it all in his stride, willingly going back to Afghanistan so that TV shows like The Circle can have all the freedom in the world to mock him again. I guess that's why he is a hero - human yet indestructible: