June 6th, 1944, the start of the the end of WWII; and 75 years later the sacrifice is still considered as great as it ever was. D-Day and all its planning was the product of the failure of Dieppe only 2 years earlier. As a nation we never cease to remember the sacrifice of that day, but do we ever ask why the sacrifice had to be given?
In my last post I was writing about how there seems to be no limts on what is ‘said ‘ on the internet. The bravado of many has also extended to the actions on the streets. We are seeing things being done and words being spoken that a few would say set us up for dangerous times. It is as if the filter of kindness and respectful conversation has been lifted. 75 years ago young Canadians saw first hand what hate and selfishness created, a world where there was no room for dissent and no tolerance for different thinking. June 6, 1944 was the beginning of the end of of that way of thinking. As Canadian and allied forces swept through Europe liberating millions from oppression the stories of what our soldiers saw slowly entered the safe domain that was Canada in 1944.
So here we are in 2019, we’re over 100 years out from the end of the Great War and we are just a year away from the 75thanniversay of the end World War II. Over the next 14 months the battles that led to the end of the Nazi reign will be detailed, the horror what man could do to another man and their familiy will be retold. Will we as a modern civilsation take stock of the losses and vow to make sure not one man or movement that takes us down that path again will be tolerated? More importantly how will we ensure this happens, or doesn’t happen again?
Taking my last post about respecting a ‘golden rule’ for social media another step forward, is it time that society as a whole stopped yelling at each other and started talking? We are a nation and for the most part a society built on free speech, respect and being cordial to each other.
The end of WW2 is about the end of humanity at its worst, when we commemorated the centennary of the end of the Great War it was different. It was truly the first global conflict in modern times, nothing like it had been seen before. The reason for the great war? It was about expanding influence. WWII was fought because of a tyrant and his beliefs and the charasmatic method a country fell into a trance.
Today we are close, but also far from a repeat of 1939 and the rise of fascism. We are close because charasmatic groups are using methods at their fingertips to spread messages of hate and discourse. We’re far from the same outcome because we remember when humanity last allowed these words, emotions and actions to overtake our responsibility.
75 years on, let’s take the words of our veterans and put them into action that we don’t allow movements of hate, movements that aim to restrict others, movements of fear to take over our society. Today in 2019, we have allowed fear and division to creep back and take over our politics and a common sense of reason and frankly some days it really scares me.
When we commemorate the 100thanniversay of the end of WWII in September of 2045, will we be able to say we learned the lessons Canadians died for?
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