LEST WE FORGET
At 11:00 this morning, at the North York Central Library, a librarian read out the names of eleven North York soldiers who died during World War I. Then there was two minutes of silence. (Wow! Silence at the library? That’s a new concept.) The names of the soldiers represented all human beings, on both sides, who died during all wars.
To paraphrase my good friend Aristophanes (446 – 386 BC), The only people who benefit from wars are those who make the weapons. He said this through his play The Acharnians in 425 BC. Is that something we have forgotten?
And to paraphrase my good friend Kurt Vonnegut, who would have been 94 years old today, The only enemy any soldier in any war has faced is human ignorance and savagery.
Perhaps if we remember what Aristophanes and Kurt Vonnegut said, then we might stop wars by being wise and civilized. But somehow I doubt it.