The following is a transcript from the Pro America Report.
Welcome, welcome, we.come. Ed Martin here on the Pro America Report. And we’ve got a phenomenal show today. I’m so excited. I pre recorded both of these interviews that are coming up, but you’re going to love them.
One is with a gentleman named Dr. Damon, a professor about how to understand your own life and the lives of people around you in terms of history and your own history… it’s very well done. I think he’s a psychologist by training, but I have a preference against psychologists. I think they tend to be a little bit much, but he is not. It was an extraordinary book. And the book, which we’ll preview is called A Round of Golf With My Father, a man he never met. It’s a wonderful interview.
And the second interview is a replay of the one about a book called 21 Steps, about the people who are the men and women who stand guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. And it was an extraordinary interview. I wanted to replay it again today on Veterans Day, and that’s what brings me to bring full circle.
I’ve just got a short opening today of what you need to know. What you need to know is on a day like today on Veterans Day, when you are celebrating the history of people who are willing to die for us, right? Veterans Day is people who are willing to go and put their life on the line because they believe in America and they believe in us. And they are our veterans, right? Some of them served in the war, some of them just served in the military. But these are extraordinary.
It’s an extraordinary step to take that vow to be someone who would be willing to die for your fellow man. And the thing about a day like today, the reason we celebrate Veterans Day on November 11 is because November 11 at the 11th hour, the 11th minute of the 11th day of the 11th month. And I believe it was 1919, I always misstate that. But it was the first Armistice where we ended the First World War, which at the time was the war to end all wars. In some ways, it was the most atrocious in terms of trench warfare and all kinds of things.
But the point here is we have to remember our history. We’re not trapped by our history, but we have to remember our history. What you need to know right now is one of the battles that’s going on in our country is people who want to force you and me to live in just this moment. Now, it’s tempting because that’s how we are conscious, right? We’re not conscious in the past. We’re not conscious in the future. We’re conscious in this moment as you listen to this as I talk, but there’s a part of us, and this is in our nature that is within history.
We have parents, we have pasts. We have relationships. We have events. We have memories and the fact is that when people push us to denigrate our past, destroy our past, take down our statues. What you need to know is they’re denying our humanity. Now for me, and I hope for many of you and most of you and someday all of you.
That’s because I believe in a certain moment in history when God became man in the form of Christ. And that’s a big anchor, because if you don’t believe in any history, if you just believe in the moment, then you’re trapped in a spiral that leads to nothing but unease and sometimes happiness (fleeting), sometimes joy (fleeting), sometimes pain (fleeting). Everything just becomes a rush that is empty.
What you need to know is that on a day like today, as we celebrate our veterans and we celebrate men and women who in our history of living together, decided they would take a vow to put their lives on the line and some of them and many people, many men and women, died. That history is really valuable and really important and really special and worth honoring and celebrating and understanding and believing in. Because what you need to know is our history isn’t our destiny, but it’s part of our being. And it’s part of our being because our history, moments in time and history, is a part of what forms us and what will form us into the future. We’ll never be rid of that.
We’ll never be rid of the gift of time. Anyway, it’s a short mention of this and these two great interviews that are coming up with Professor Damon as well as Jeff Gottesfeld, who wrote the book 21 Steps. We’ll come back in a moment. It’s Ed Martin here in the Pro America Report. Back in a moment.