Lessons from an August past – a stream of consciousness ramble

1945

August 6th – The city of Hiroshima is the first target of any nuclear bomb used in warfare.

August 8th – The Soviet Union declares war on the Empire of Japan.

August 9th – The city of Nagasaki becomes the second city targeted by an American nuclear strike.

August 10th – Imperial Japan accepts the Potsdam Declaration, contingent on the retained sovereignty of the Emperor.

August 11th – America demands Imperial Japan’s unconditional surrender.

August 12th – The Soviet Union advances onto the Korean Peninsula.

August 14th – Emperor Hirohito of Japan surrenders unconditionally. The second world war is over, for the most part.

1945 was a very different world from our own. People were different. Morals and values were different. Right and wrong were different. New cruelties never before suffered upon the world and its people were invented and executed, to terrifying effect. Over 2.2 Billion human beings were killed by other human beings, often in the worst ways conceivable. It was perhaps the most inhuman conflict in all history.

For what?

For fear.

For hatred.

For nationalism.

In defense of the perceived differences that divide us.

For power and money.

Two Billion Three Hundred Million children of Earth, across every spectrum you can imagine, were murdered.

Who were the bad guys? 

Who were the good guys?

Who are we?

Let us never forget what transpired.

War, cruelty, hatred and violence on that level is totally and completely unnatural.

It is the ultimate expression of manipulative control exercised by the powerful over the powerless.

Let us never again believe the lies of justified hatred against one another.

Let us never again be so blindly convinced that violence is heroism, especially in defense of something as meaningless as the concept of a country or a race.

There are many lessons to learn and remember from those days.

Don’t hate one another. Don’t divide into groups. Don’t blame and accuse. Don’t scapegoat.

Unite against power.

Power serves only itself.