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Draft

Just a short tale
By John Ny


A long time ago, one of my grandmothers, tried to make sure that joining the Brazilian military service would be an unnecessary feat in my case, as she could probably use her influence over that matter. A quite clear sign of care and preoccupation over a possible and bad outcome, in my opinion. However, after a long period of reflection over what my choice would be, I really decided on enlisting against her wishes, which, unexpectedly, resulted in an unlikely outcome as she proved to be one of my greatest supporters at the time. Well, I really miss my grandmother and not for the fact that she was white in spite of the fact that I am black. Nevertheless, that is not the real point here. Because what had already been very clear to all participants in that process from the start, and including her main role in the equation, was the fact that dodging draft would never make of any citizen a useful one for society. We all shared the same opinion about the role played by the Military system within any kind of community or society. As it turns out, we all believed that this institution may be one of the best by which lessons on morality, principles and values are propelled. One might as well wonder. Why is this subject considered to be so disturbing for the vast majority of citizens in any given country? Or why is it a so difficult matter for a human being to realize that any drafted citizen will have had a well developed grasp over his or her role in society long before duty relief?

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