Jesus confronts Peter with the moral injury of the past. Through a ritual reenactment of that scene, Jesus walks Peter through his past and ushers him into a brand new future. Somehow healing begins, and new life bursts forth. May it be so with all who suffer moral injury.
As two hellish, costly and needless wars struggle toward collapse, this is the time -- now, right this minute, before the next false alarm goes off -- for us to look honestly at the cost and quality of national security based on militarism.
Without adequate ways for veterans to process their war experience, reflect on its moral and psychological impact, and restore them to civilian life, we fail as a society to bring them all the way home.
This Veteran's Day, let's honor veterans and all people affected by war by striving to understand and address moral injury and the ever-lingering and far reaching consequences of war. The process of healing cannot start unless we can engage what truly ails us.
I'm wondering if it isn't time to stare directly at the fundamental wrongness of war. Let me put it as nakedly as I can: A policy of murder and hatred is, in itself, morally wrong as well as strategically untenable.
A new way of thinking about the inner wounds of soldiers and vets is emerging. In war, some -- perhaps most, perhaps all -- participants suffer from moral injury, a transgression of deep belief in how to treat others.