The First World War was as it’s name suggests, a titanic thing. It was so monumental both in terms of human sacrifice and geography, that sometimes we as a species fail to grasp a subtle truth. Not all those who war returned and not all those who returned really fully returned.
But many did.
And a good many led normal, happy lives after. A visiting academic recently gave a lecture in NUI Galway where she touched on the matter that not everyone who went to war returned suffering from Post Traumatic Stress. Now while this may be somewhat of an oversimplification of a wider phenomenon (the substitution of PTSD as a meta grouping for ALL forms of stress), there is an argument behind it. While very few veterans of the conflict had positive memories of it, bad memories do not necessarily…
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