@mo you seem to have missed the “over centuries” bit in my post. It’s not just our grandparents, but their parents in WW1 and in the many, many generations before that who fought in all manner of conflicts, whether abroad or among rival kingdoms within Britain. If you can’t think on a scale larger and single person and a single lifetime no wonder you don’t understand. I was talking about our population as a whole over the millennium or so it’s taken to forge our nation into what it is today.

You’re right in the fact I’ve not had to personally fight to defend it, largely because of the work done by those which came before us, and that’s a good thing. Hence me saying it may be hard for us to believe that freedom needs fighting for. But as one of the 64 million or so inheritors of this ever ongoing project which is our nation, it’s in part my duty to maintain and hopefully do my bit to improve upon it for the next generation, and so on and so forth. We do this now not by fighting but by being industrious, by creating wealth, paying taxes to pay for an advanced military and supporting fair and democratic governance to ensure our freedom continues.

But for the record, as unlikely as it would be in modern times for the UK to be having a full-scale civil war or come under invasion from another country, yes if it came to the point where everyone was being encouraged to volunteer or even be conscripted then I would fight for my country, and I’d kill and risk getting killed in the process if need be. I’m just thankful I’ve never had to and probably won’t ever need to.