I am an extremely open minded, non-judgmental person who loves to learn. I enjoy reading, surfing the web, researching and writing essays, poems, quotes and reviews. When I say open minded, I do not mean so open that my brain may fall out. I also believe in skeptical skepticism and baloney detection in everyday life. I always prefer the cold hard truth to the warm comforting fantasy, except for when I am dreaming at night, for I often dream bad dreams. I believe there is a time and place for everything and that when a problem arises; the time to act is now, not later. I am an Army Veteran and damn proud of it. Serving my country and the principles it was founded upon is my most proudest achievement. I believe my service to my country is an achievement and a sacrifice that sets me and other Veterans apart from others whether you agree or not. I served three years and there is no dollar amount anyone can put upon three years of life. There are billionaires who spend millions to go over sea’s just to get an immediate heart, liver or lung transplant just so they can live a few years longer. If I could give you just 15 minutes a year to spend with someone who you loved that was very dear to you that has passed away, how much would you be willing to pay? For me, I would be willing to give all my assets, all my future earnings, everything, just to spend 15 minutes a year with my grandfather or great-grandfather to tell him how things have been in my life, to ask him if he is okay and to remind him that I love him. I propose this question because someone once asked me what the three years of Army life was worth in a dollar amount to me. I believe that for every minute of life we have is priceless and no dollar amount can make up for three years that was sacrificed to the service of our great country. But my service also instilled and reaffirmed my many moral standards and set in stone the man I am today. There is a saying "you can take the Man out of the Army, but you cannot take the Army out of the Man" and that hold true today just as it did thousands of years ago. I could never repay what the Army taught me or gave me in so many different aspects of my being, just as they could never pay me for the time I sacrificed. But I would do it over and over again if I had the chance without even having to take a second to think it over. It’s a real shame how little the citizens of the United States disregard the service of our military personnel, past, present and for their future after leaving service. Every time I see a uniformed individual I say good day to you private or First Sergeant or Sir. These individuals deserve recognition every day, not just once a day. I have only been told happy Veterans Day twice in my life, both times by someone not even related to me, but I will always remember them. I firmly believe in the Constitution of the United States, and as an affirmation of this belief I swore an oath to protect and defend the Constitution against all enemies’ foreign and domestic and I am duty bound by that oath till death, as I believe we all are. I also believe in the Supreme Moral law of our land the Declaration of Independence that most people forget and confuse with the Constitution. Due to a lack of knowledge and lack of enthusiasm for history or a lack of caring these days a lot of people incorrectly relate the phrase “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness” to the Constitution. In reality it was Thomas Jefferson who stated those words in the preamble of the Declaration of Independence. I hope to see in my life time those words instilled into the hearts and minds of every man, women and child of this great Nation and a world where everyone is encouraged to learn not only as a child or young adult, but throughout the life span. Learning is an ongoing process that only stops when we die. Children as many questions and have much enthusiasm for learning but by the time they reach JR. High School much of that enthusiasm and eagerness to learn has died, we must change this or become a third world nation. We already rank low in Mathematics, Science and History and for every decade that ranking becomes lower and lower. As you have already surmised by now, I am a man of great moral conviction and have many high hopes for the future of the United States and mankind as a whole, but also many worries and much to justify them. I feel balance is key to most everything in life so I am an optimist but also a realist. I believe in talking about issues that most consider taboo, or discussing things that would ordinarily bother or scare us. I do not mind airing my dirty laundry so to speak because I am sure of myself and of my God. I fear no Man or woman and that is all encompassing, only God himself do I fear. Too many people have too many fears that hold them back in life and fear breeds other negative emotions. I hope that this short summary has given you some insight as to the kind of person I am and the beliefs and ideals I feel strongly about. I, like so many other human beings am very loving, caring and most importantly humbled. May God bless you and may God Bless the United States of America.
Michael Dale Sipes, Jr.