I have been pondering this subject for a while now, and have tried various ways of wording it, and thus far, still dont know if this is the correct way, so bare with me. I am also not sure where to post the thread if im honest, as it to my mind is a bit of a thin ice area as well, anyway..... I for one, hate to see the " KIA date" threads, I get angry at the pure volume of them, not for the fact they are being posted, but for the total waste of life and the regularity that they appear. I have stopped posting on them, for my own personal reasons, mainly because I hate to see them, again, my own reasons. But then I got to thinking, is this the age we live in? where as soon as a bit of news happens, we as a family (service/ex service folks), for want of a better term, feel the need to post our own condolences? Is it because, we do not have the huge losses that have been suffered in previous battles/wars etc in one go so to speak, and as such can segregate individual loss into its own itemised arena? Would the guys and girls of wars past, have done the same? or is it a modern thing? internet aside obviously. Modern in so much as, is this a thing we as people now do because we have the ability to do it through the internet medium, or is it down to the fact we are a different type of people now? and as such, show our feelings in a more open way? I understand that we have pro mourners and grief whores, but that is not what im getting at, I just wonder if this is a modern "because we have the ability through the internet" thing, or " we are a different type of people now" thing? MODs if wrong forum please move, or if its a bit too dodgy a subject then delete, I was just curious.