I grew up celebrating Victory day every 9th of May, watching old war movies, listening to old war songs, and celebrating the veterans who fought for the peace in my country and all around the world, those people, who didn't choose to fight, they weren't even forced to fight by anyone, they just didn't have a choice, as city after city, and home after home were being destroyed.
How can people, knowing what consequences this war had, what tragedies this war brought into homes, what changes it made to people all over Europe and the world start or support wars or conflicts of any scale? Hasn't history taught us to avoid conflicts and wars at all costs? At all costs!
But it certainly looks like wars are in fashion these days: starting wars, supporting wars, advertising wars, justifying the idea of conflicts. Surely we are more intelligent than that! Apparently not. It is much easier to shout than stay composed and explain calmly, so much easier to fight than to try and understand, to ignore or talk behind the back than to ask for forgiveness. And turns out it's also much easier to start a war than to think, analyse and try to solve problems.
For God's sake, if you want to fight go and plant a tree, run a mile, sprinkle ketchup all around your flat, do graffiti or break plates in your kitchen..
I know about the war through the stories of my late grandparents, mostly my grandmother who is pictured in the illustration, who was barely 13 when the war broke out and she had to care for wounded soldiers in the hospitals. Her newborn brother died of hunger on the train carrying people out of the warzone to a safer place. Her father went missing. The last postcard from him was received in 1941. We still don't know where he was buried. To think I am only 1 generation apart from my grandparents who experienced the horror of the war.. is appalling! And here we are again. There are hundred of ways to avoid the war, if you are an intelligent and understanding human being. Whoever can stop this trend, please, let's unite and stop this somehow. Intelligence, tolerance, kindness, fairness, creativity, wisdom, helpfulness, generosity, good spirit will help fight the aggressiveness that has been breeding in the world.
PS I really love this song by John Lennon.