POINTS TO PONDER

 

Being curious by nature, I have always had a insatiable thirst for learning.  In university, history was one of my favorite electives, but I always avoided any courses on the history of the World Wars.  I had heard enough about the horrors of what happened during those years and had no desire to learn more.  For years I refused to read anything on World War I or II.
My youngest son is the opposite, diving into war history, especially the World Wars, with great abandon.  One day he said to me, “Mom, just read this piece on Vimy Ridge.”
So I did.  By the end of the article I had tears in my eyes and a much greater understanding.  Vimy Ridge created a new view of war for me, the atrocities of war  are still there, but I began to see beyond them, like an unveiling of courage, honor, intelligence and bravery.  Reading about it and feeling the patriotic pride that every Canadian feels about Vimy Ridge, served as a springboard for wanting to understand more.  As I read and learned about wars down through history, what stood out for me, beyond the ugliness of war, was the shining light of the human spirit that never extinguishes no matter how bad things are.  In trenches for days, injured, hungry, in constant danger – regardless of the conditions, the hope in every human being shines through. 
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