Today at 11AM, I had a quite moment, in memory of thousands upon thousands of men, and women who died during what they call the Battle of the Somme.
It was, At the 11th hour, on the 11th day, of the 11th month that marked the end of hostilities of World War I.
Historians tell us that on the first day of the battle of the Somme the British alone suffered 60,000 casualties, with just under 20,000 dead. Think about that for a second. A sorry number indeed. And that doesn’t take into account the Australians, New Zealanders, Frenchmen, Germans and so on.
The conflict lasted about four and a half months, during which time up to 1.2 million men were wounded or killed. And you know the “prize” won by the combined Allied forces at the end of it all? 10 kilometers of German held territory.
If ‘reflections’ on days like today do not drag you to the conclusion that war is a pointless, useless waste of life, nothing will. Yet war was, is and continues to be the most dependable, consistent and prized of human endeavors. Human beings cherish it. Yes, dear reader, the self-hate runs deep.
WW1 was the war that was going to end all wars. And it did … until the next one, not even 30 years later.
Every generation talks about working toward and making for a better future; a future comprised of love, peace and plenty. Has there ever been a generation that has been war free however? No. Never. Not one. Not once. In the history of mankind, there has never been a war-free generation.
Why hasn’t it happened? Why has every generation failed? Why will this, your generation fail also?
Because, you cannot work on the future.
The very concept of working on the future is absolutely ridiculous. Stupid actually.
How in gods name can you work on something that doesn’t exist? That hasn’t happened? The only thing anyone can work on is Now. If a person works on themselves now, and makes the changes required, now, they will change the outcomes that are to follow. There is no other way.
You know what happens in the Now? In the present? Peace.
Try it for yourself. Close your eyes, take a couple of slow breaths. Inhale, exhale, slowly and relax. Be in the moment. Just for a moment. See for yourself. Do it right now.
If all of a sudden human beings relaxed, became concerned about their well being at the very moment they are existing, the tension would drain from them and the world.
If that happened there would be no one who’d want to go to kill others. There would be no war. Calm, relaxed people don’t go to war. Go to war? A calm, contented person says. What for?
So who’d go? The generals? The politicians who generally start wars? Not likely.
I wish for you moments of peace, followed by moments of Love, and …
… may the guns fall silent for us all.