Today is the day where we celebrate the official ending of the Second World War. It was on this day, 1945, that the Germans signed the official, unconditional surrender.
Have we learnt anything? Not so long before the outbreak of WW2, we had concluded WW1 – costing the lives of millions on both sides.
“The War To End All Wars”, they said.
But it didn’t work out that way, did it?
And as humanity, it seems that we are unable to break away from the habit of war – one that is almost as old as mankind.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could learn to live in harmony with each other, tolerating differences? But so long as there is greed and the desire for power in our hearts, there will never be an end to all wars.
Let’s take today, though, to remember the ultimate sacrifice that so many made in the name of freedom, ridding Europe and the world of tyranny – at least for a little while.
1926 Sir David Attenborough (environmentalist and presenter of wildlife documentaries)
1982 Gilles Villeneuve (Canadian racing driver – F1)
On This Day:
1945 Germany signs unconditional surrender, bringing an end to the Second World War
Have a great Friday, 8th May
We tend, in the so called Western World, to take our vote rather casually. In fact, it is too often the case that the turnout at the polls is woeful.
People love to complain about the government, but when it actually comes down to making that quick stop by the polling station, we find ourselves too busy or simply too lazy to bother.
This is complacency, and is a sad trend in our society. The excuse, all too often, is that one vote won’t make a difference, or that all the candidates are useless anyway. So why bother.
The reason why we should bother is this:
While we consider the ability to vote (ie have a say in who governs us) is our right, it is also a privilege. Remember that there are many millions living under circumstances and in countries where they get absolutely NO say.
When the average, reasonable man and woman don’t bother to get involved, that is when the lunatic fringe starts to gain strength.
So the message:
People of the UK – if you haven’t done so already, get yourself off the settee, and go and exercise your right to decide who runs the country! And if you don’t – and you don’t like the election outcome – then you have only yourself to blame!
I’ll start by saying that I am fully in support of free speech. Everyone, as far as I am concerned, has the right to have an opinion, and express that opinion. But with free speech comes responsibility, and it is all too easy for some to use this right to deliberately hurt others.
Having said that, I also believe that being offended is most certainly not an excuse to shoot someone! I loath what is going on in the world at the moment – thugs and criminals masquerading as holy men and using their own warped translations of religion to slaughter the innocent. Taking advantage of the faith of young men and women and turning these into unthinking killers. Sent to murder not only innocent people in the Middle East, but also in the countries of the West.
What I don’t understand is why the organisers of the cartoon of Muhammad event in Texas ever thought that this was appropriate. Have these people now openly declared war on Islam in their state? Was this event set up deliberately to incite an attack?
I don’t know the answers. But the way I see it is that there are a lot of peace loving Muslims who also loath the acts of fundamentalists pretending to represent them. Organising an event like this, surely with the full knowledge of how offensive to Muslims this is, is pretty irresponsible. Religious tolerance implies respect.
Let’s work to eliminate the extremists and killers, folks. Not drive wedges through society.