November 11th on the 11th hour, 2014 is the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War, yet has the world and humanity learned anything? We know war is expensive, not only in the lives lost, but now military warfare costs governments billions or trillions in arms and defense, the impact is that citizens of those countries have less finances for healthcare and housing.
I can’t trace my family back to the era, but I pay tribute to the brave people who have allowed many countries to have the freedoms they enjoy by the sacrifice of their lives. Some criticize it as glorifying war, it is not, it is to honor them and a reminder that war doesn’t solve issues. There will always be someone who craves power and has the greed and ruthlessness to achieve their means. This is human nature that we cannot change, predict or control. Yet, we know this and wars persist to defend those who attack unprovoked.
Is there hope for world peace ever? What we learn is that war exists and people die for causes and freedom, but why? Killing someone or protesting for rights that you feel you should have doesn’t work, instead it ruins lives and creates hostilities. Negotiating doesn’t always work either, but sharing space on earth requires compromise and the egos of a few destroy earth and humanity for the masses.
Once the egotistical realize they can’t take the power with them, that it is transient, they may see that life and humanity is about learning to live with one another. Learning to give and take is something we learn as a child, that’s how humans and society should be living together through the good times and the bad times when Mother Nature hits us with hurricanes and diseases. These remind us how fragile the human race is and that we do have to unite to help each other out to survive as a race. Greed can make people forget, but tragedy reminds us and teaches us to be humane.
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