I was humbled by the response to yesterday’s post on ANZAC day – check out some of the comments to see what I mean.
Thank you. And it spurred me to a few further thoughts – an extra post. I’d like to know your thoughts.
Historians such as Niall Fergusson argue that the First and Second World Wars were the same conflict, divided by twenty years of uneasy peace. I agree. And it introduced the world to what Richard Overy called ‘deep war’ – dark, like deepest night.
Today the age of industrialised warfare between major nations seems to be over. But I am not holding my breath. History offers dismal lessons. The eighteenth century introduced us to relentless global warfare, cold and hot, between major nations. The cycle broadly began in the late 1680s and ended on the field of Waterloo in 1815. Afterwards the combatants actively sought permanent world peace. Er - quite. Today, 70,000,000+ dead later, Europe’s foes of 1914-45 are united. Humanity survived the Cold War of 1945-92. Yet today, the world is just as violent and unstable as ever.
Sadly, it seems the dark side of human nature dooms us to fight. Is there an answer? Maybe not; but we can do a lot with reason, tolerance and kindness. It is such a simple thing – accepting others, being reasonable, and being kind. It’s my motto for this blog, and my motto as a writer.
Three simple words: reason, tolerance, kindness. What do you think?
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