Wednesday, 11 November 2009
Armistice Day, lets use it for peace.
Today has been Armistice Day.
And one of the most compelling sights for me was seeing Nicholas Sarkosy and Angela Merckle standing side by side in Paris observing the minutes silence at 11am this morning.
Who would have thought that would happen 91 years ago today.
It gives hope in a world that surely needs it.
To be able to call two German women my friends is not only a privilege because of who they are. But perhaps more importantly gives me a sense of pride that we are making good the agony and pain are Grandfathers and Fathers went through, so we can stand side by side the English and the German and say never again can the War to End All Wars or the brutality of WWII ever be allowed between us again.
And to know that it is today's modern world that has allowed this contact and subsequent friendship, as I know both Geli and Paula initially through the medium of blogging.
Gives me hope that as our world shrinks with ever easier communication that we can hold out the olive branch where it is needed. We will do it the people here, as we post and comment to others around the world and we dissipate fear in our finding out about other peoples and nationalities.
I may have been too busy recently to email all my world wide friends, but I haven't stopped caring for them. So whilst I do that, and others do that, and slowly we all do that with the people we met here, we will affect what goes on in this one small world. And bit by bit ignorance and fear,intolerance of our fellow human will change.
It has to, we only have this small world to live on together