I think its difficult for most of us to understand war and the incredible impact it has had on our societies for centuries. If you go back in time, people have been fighting really for as long as we have been in existence. Fighting for access to resources, access to wealth and fighting to be right.
When I think about the two World Wars I often wonder if we will ever understand the influence this has had in shaping our culture. I often think about all the children that grew up without fathers ( my dad being one of them). All the people that came home from the battlefield physically disabled, emotionally terrorized and rendered unable to engage with the world around them in the way they used to.
You have to believe you have an enemy in order to engage in warfare. You have to believe that someone is worth less than you, that they don’t have a family, friends, that they don’t have a life like yours.
I think there’s so much more than remembering veterans on Rememberance Day. Not only did they help shape the modern world politically, they sacrificed their lives, their well-being, their happiness so that we could enjoy life as we know it today.
In their honour, I think its time to work on cultivating Peace. In the words of Gandhi, “Be the change you wish to see.”