Why?

Today we went to see the movie 1917. I am not fond of war movies but my husband wanted to see it. I don’t want to talk about the movie but something that came to me while watching.

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Another war….how many since? Why are we this way? Why do we go to war rather than solve problems? Why are we greedy and selfish? Why do we hate those who are not like us? Why are we not loving and kind and compassionate?

Did we start out that way or did we grow into it? And the real question is what can we do to change?

Lots of questions and no real answers. Rilke’s quote tells us to live in uncertainty and wait for answers.

“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.” Rainer Maria Rilke

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I hope that he is right and that some day, somehow, a miracle will occur and the earth will be a place of peace and love.

8 thoughts on “Why?

  1. I remember my last visit to DC. I took a lot of pics of the many memorials and statutes, which are all very nice. Although the Korean War memorial is very eerie to say the least. A friend pointed out that we have so many such memorials – all dedicated to war. It is sad when you think about it

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    1. Actually the memorials are dedicated to those who were lost in the wars. My husband can’t go to the Viet Nam memorial since he knows many of the names on the wall. I hope most people don’t think the memorials are to the wars themselves.

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      1. That is a good point, although many of the statues are of war heroes. I suppose I could have better worded that. It is sad we have so many memorials to those who have died in so many wars. When my brother joined the Marines, during his bootcamp, they informed them that the Marines had been involved in armed conflict at least every three years since their inception. I don’t know if that has held true since that time, but we, and other countries, are constantly involved in “conflicts.” A little something less than a “war.” We don’t get very good reporting. In 2017 there were 40 active conflicts around the world. I will search for an update on this map https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4453666/The-world-war-Interactive-map-reveals-conflicts.html Sorry about you husband’s experience. That must be hard for him. I have a Great Uncle buried at Arlington. Another died in the Bataan Death March. One of the ironies in my family, the original immigrants were farmers in Germany who fled to avoid military inscription. Once here, 4 generations have actively served. We may have had relatives shooting at each other.

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