A little known semantic battle that has garnered considerable attention of late is the issue of changing the term "Post-traumatic Stress Disorder" to "Post-traumatic Stress". The opposing forces are both powerful and convincing in their own rights.
Life is stressful. When not hurrying off to work or school, you're trying to cram in myriad other responsibilities like grocery shopping, taking the kids to the dentist, or making it on time for the soccer game. And on the good days when you can squeeze in thirty minutes of exercise, you can't relax because you keep checking the clock to see if you're going to be late.
Anxiety is as much a part of the American culture as cable TV, fast food and overpriced sneakers. It is woven so deeply into our collective psyche that we spend billions of dollars each year on therapists, medications and self-help books to rid ourselves of it.
As the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan wind down and the Pentagon begins to carry out its plans to reduce the size of the military, tens of thousands of service members will leave active duty over the next few years.
The horrific and surreal rampage allegedly committed in Kandahar by Sergeant Robert Bales resulted in the deaths of 16 Afghan civilians. We all desperately wanted answers for how such a terrible thing could have happened. But the real answers are unlikely to be very satisfying.