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Theater of War - modern warriors find solace in ancient tales

  1. Feb 7, 2010 #1

    Ivan Seeking

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    http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/entertainment/jan-june10/ptsd_02-03.html [Broken]
     
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    It's a great concept.

    Soldiers can identify with characters and would feel less alone ... the fact that Sophocles was himself a general in the Athenian army helps a lot.

    Soldiers are reluctant to seek treatments if and when they really need them because of the stigma of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and they also worry that they might be passed over for promotion or viewed as weak.

    Since soldiers don't like to talk to a shrink and seek therapy, this theater would help them to open up and could reduce stigma and ultimately help veterans seek these treatments


    That's a wonderful way of supporting our troops.
     
  4. Feb 7, 2010 #3
    This book, "Achilles in Vietnam" by Jonathan Shay, was recommended to me by one of my Greek professors once:

    https://www.amazon.com/Achilles-Vie...=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1265573581&sr=8-1
     
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  5. Feb 7, 2010 #4

    Ivan Seeking

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    Fascinating! As the saying goes, there is nothing new under the sun.

    Btw, Philosoraptor, I had to LOL when I first saw your username. :biggrin:
     
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  6. Feb 7, 2010 #5
    Haha thank you! I can't claim credit for the pun (a friend of mine thought it up) but it's way too good to pass up.

    And truly, the lament of Ecclesiastes is fitting: "Vanitas vanitatum." Thanks for the link to the story, it is a good one. PBS is wonderful.

    "Solomon saith: 'There is no new thing upon the earth.' So that as Plato had an imagination, that all knowledge was but remembrance; so Solomon giveth his sentence, That all novelty is but oblivion."
    --Francis Bacon
     
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