Final Paper 2

The second half of my paper is about Lone Survivor by Navy Seal Marcus Luttrell. The Lone Survivor is the story of Operation Redwing in 2005 in which four US Navy Seals were to spy on an al Qaeda leader around the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan. They were hiding in the mountainous terrain when local farmers saw them. They captured the farmers so they could decide what to do with them. Their options were to either kill them or let them go. Killing them would uphold the operation, but letting them go would be the moral thing to do because Americans do not kill those unarmed, even though it could lead do their death. The Navy Seals let the farmers go and it lead to their downfall, only Marcus Luttrell survived. The operation lasted for five days and during that time the Navy Seals put up an unbelievable and inspirational fight. They stuck to their morals and did their best to leave no man behind. Through gun shot wounds and broken bones they fought until they could not fight anymore putting each other before themselves; they are true heroes.
Unlike a car in my friend’s story, the technology used in war is not taken for granted. When I think of technology, I do think of the technology used in war. In addition, I believe technogenisis can have a large impact on soldiers in particular because they live and breathe war. It is easy to say that eventually they start to become defined by war and all its technology and become violent people; however, I want to illustrate that this is not necessarily the case. When the four Navy Seals captured the farmers they could have just shot them and saved themselves and the operation, instead they stuck to their morals and did what was right. This event exemplifies that techonogenisis is not always correct; people are not defined by the technology around them. This also illustrates what is should mean to be human. Humans should be like these Navy Seals and put others first and never stop working no matter how hard life gets. If the human race was less greedy and more like Navy Seals we would all live a better life.
In addition, Marcus Luttrell, post the operation, is also an example of how technogensis is not always correct. Instead of breaking down, he told his story verbally at conferences, in a book, and in a movie. Yes, Luttrell was traumatized watching his team die just as my friend was traumatized seeing her boyfriend dead, but he was willing to share his story so others can learn from it. Unlike my friend he did not repress his memories, instead he used the technology of writing and cinema to show his story. I believe Luttrell remembered his story because it was his destiny to share it with the world so everyone knows how heroic his team truly was and so that humans can learn to be better people from it.


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