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  • Writer's pictureKate Clinch

Reflections on Remembrance Day

Today, those of us who remember, acknowledge Remembrance Day, also known as Armistice Day, which commemorates the moment, at 11am on the 11th of November 1918, when the guns fell silent at the end of World War I.

And here we are one hundred and six years later… waking up to news that multiple hospitals are under attack and surgeons are operating on injured civilians by torchlight because there is no electricity.

Children are seeing and hearing things that no child should ever hear, repeated explosions that damage their little ears, and news of unbearable loss.

Over a hundred years after the end of “The War to End All Wars”, have we really learned nothing? Terrible wars the Middle East, in Ukraine, Syria, parts of Africa, and elsewhere…Are we still living out of “an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth” mentality? How long till we run out of eyes and teeth?

Words uttered two thousand years ago, echo in world events: “They [We] know not what they [we] do.” Clearly, we don’t…

Will war solve anything? War is a desperate, short-sighted, fury- and fear- driven reaction to grudges and wounds in our past.

A century after the end of “The Great War”, can’t we see that there is nothing we can do to change the past? But right now, in a moment of presence, we can change the present, and therefore the future.

May God soften our hearts, individually and collectively, so that the seeds of love and compassion they contain, which are everyone’s birthright, can grow and flourish.

May the hostile tribal thinking that drive war be paused long enough for us to see the suffering of children for what it is: completely unacceptable by any measure we can name.

May those of us who are blessed to not be in war zones, see what in our own psyche participates in a global collective energy of war. Where are we at war with ourselves? With others? Where are we feeling entitled, judgemental, righteous? Who do we want revenge on? Where does our fear create separation from the humanity of another?

Can we walk away from our appetite for war?

May we remember we are all souls, and we are all connected with all other souls on this planet and beyond.

May we pause and join together in creating a world beyond conflict.


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