This week Linda has given us arm to use either as a word or as part of a word for our Stream of Consciousness posts. I have chosen to use it as part of the word, Armistice.
Ninety-Nine years ago today, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month an Armistice was signed between Germany and the Allies, which went on to signal the end of the First World War or Great War as it was also known.
Despite the terrible stories that emerged, young boys signing up, never to return home to their parents; the appalling conditions in the trenches, atrocities seen that we would never want to experience in our worst nightmares; men shot for being ‘deserters,’ or if they didn’t enlist to go to war, being given a white feather which was a symbol of cowardice, trying to shame them into enlisting, just over twenty years later, there was another World War and many other conflicts followed after that.
So many lives lost and others changed forever. The flashbacks, missing limbs, mental illness and damaged lungs, just some of the horrendous legacies many were left with. The bereaved parents, widowed women and fatherless children left trying to cope not only with their losses but in some cases struggling to survive with no emotional or financial support.
Sadly, it seems in this volatile world that we are living in that life is becoming expendable. We have seen so many instances of gunmen opening fire randomly, killing innocent people, in some cases children. Others have no regard even for their own lives and blow themselves up, often resulting in others being maimed, injured or even killed in the process. Again, lives ruined, families broken irreparably, heartache, pain and suffering.
There has to be another way…..
Beautifully poignant sis ?
Thank, Sis 🙂
Well written, I agree. Violence doesn’t end violence.
You are right, Judy, there must be another way. I think that population control would go a long way to improving the quality of life for people and ensuring that there is enough to go around. This would result in less conflict. Sadly, that is currently not the case and the poorest among us have the most children who are doomed to a life of poverty.
Yes, you have a valid point there, Robbie. It makes me sick when I hear of the recent scandal of celebrities and super rich trying to avoid paying their taxes when they already have so much money. It wouldn’t hurt them to share a bit of their wealth!
Agreed, Judy. If everyone paid proper tax it would be better for all of us.
Beautiful and well written, Judy. You make excellent points. Very moving.
Nice one, Judy. And so sorry, WP keeps messing with me…I had to re-follow….again !
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