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hsimone wrote: 01 Apr 2016, 09:58 When men fought in wars, their families (wives, children, significant others, parents, etc.) would be left behind waiting to hear any piece of information to ensure their man's safety.

How would you compare the bravery/strength of the people left behind to those who went into war? Who do you think has to be stronger? Do both sides have to be strong? Maybe different types of strengths?
Both parties,those in war and those left behind
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It's hard to compare these two sets of people. I think both of them have to be equally strong. The men had to leave behind their spouses and children, which was difficult to deal with since they did not know when, or if, they would meet them again. Plus, they had to endure the brutal conditions in war. Their families, on the other hand, had to carry on with their lives, while continually worrying about the men's safety.
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Being brave is very essential.Both sides had to be strong.The chaos separated people, but those who survived found their way back to normal life.Thanks for this review.
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Both those who went to war and the family members of those who went to war required strength, but different types of strength. Those who actually fought in the war had to have both emotional and physical strength, as they had to be able to succeed in battles and overcome the enemy while being away from their family and their loved ones. Their family members also required emotional strength, as their loved ones were away fighting, and they did not know if they would ever return, or if the war would be lost, and they would be under enemy rule, as prisoners of war.
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They definitely portray different forms of bravery, whilst the men risk their lives in war, it is still hard as the loved ones staying behind to be able to live their ordinary lives whilst knowing they may never see their loved one.
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There are so many different types of strength. It's true that we can't dismiss one side of war as not showing strength and bravery while the other seemingly does. Both sides are fighting for something. The men are literally fighting for their lives, their family's lives, and the country. The women are fighting not to succumb to fear for the men in their lives who left.
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Men and families displayed two different types of bravery. The men risked their lives and the possibility of never seeing their loved ones again, which I'm sure was a difficult decision. The family members had to go about their ordinary lives not knowing the fates of their loved ones.
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Both sides have to be strong in their own capacity. The ones off to the war are brave as they don't fear death, their duty to their country is an honourable task that they perform. They also have to be stong for all the things , the life events that are happening back home, their childrens' lives, their significant others' lives. The ones staying back have to be prepared for all sorts of news, they have to be mentally ready. Also, they must miss them terribly in all the important life events. :(
It is very hard on both the sides.
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The true meaning of bravery is shown here. Good review.
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There are two types of fights here: Physical fight fought by the men who went into the battle and Emotional & Spiritual fights fought by the loved ones left behind. The latter cling onto the tiniest faith for the return of their beloved men, at least in one piece.
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gatuguta2030 wrote: 23 Jul 2020, 05:33 The true meaning of bravery is shown here. Good review.
Both emotional and physical bravery.
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Mary1214 wrote: 27 Jun 2020, 16:09 They definitely portray different forms of bravery, whilst the men risk their lives in war, it is still hard as the loved ones staying behind to be able to live their ordinary lives whilst knowing they may never see their loved one.
I concur with you. We can't seemingly compare and categorize the two types of people. They both have a war to conquer.
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hsimone wrote: 01 Apr 2016, 09:58 When men fought in wars, their families (wives, children, significant others, parents, etc.) would be left behind waiting to hear any piece of information to ensure their man's safety.

How would you compare the bravery/strength of the people left behind to those who went into war? Who do you think has to be stronger? Do both sides have to be strong? Maybe different types of strengths?
I think the strengths of both sides can not be measured, because both sides need to be strong each in their own way.
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In my opinion, the pain of people left behind is much more than one in war. The one in war is expected to be strong to face the warship and in a way, they are trying to survive the situation and what else a person would do when stricken by a horrendous situation. While the persons left behind keep sacrificing their wishes and spends long sleepless nights waiting for their soldier to return home safely. Their pain in my eyes is greater just because they have the choice to quit their miserable lives and lead a normal one with someone dear. yet they elect to stay waiting, praying, and dying each day with new hope for tomorrow.
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There's no way that I am going to make comparisons between those two. On one hand, going to war and knowing that you may lose your life or be terribly hurt while on the other hand, your family bears the stress and terror of waiting for you and seeing you as soon as possible. I've known others who have gone through similar experiences, and believe me, it's difficult to witness the forced grins and concealed tears.
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