While we do face tumultuous times, We Are Not In Wartime, Let\’s Be Grateful .
We are so fortunate that we are not in an official war. While it might seem our country is at odds, with so many challenges, there is much to be grateful for. Our country and government is intact, and whole – despite much disruption.
So let’s take a look at what real war is like. It will help us deepen compassion, and increase gratitude.
To understand what it was like in wartime: More than 6 million students aged 14 -17 were mobilised in the Battle of Okinawa in 1945. This was in World War II. All these young teenagers, off to war! It\’s a horrible thought…
So many of them risked their lives.
So many of them lost their lives.
So many families lost their treasured family members. So let\’s remember:
\”We Are Not Wartime, Let\’s Be Grateful\”
But back in the 1940s, our world freedom was at risk: We were in war for the name of freedom. We fought in the name of a must-have-war-or-we-lose-our-freedom-war.
It is so sad to see humankind break down to war… when there are other solutions, solutions of peace.
Today, we can be grateful we are not in an official war. We can be grateful we can live peaceably.
And we must do all we can to avoid any kind of war.
So you can make a difference today by giving to UniversalGiving®\’s project \”I Build Up Hope\” campaign for Children in Teleskuf village, N. Iraq – To help avert war. Thank you for making a difference today.
What will you do to spread peace today?
Your peaceful thoughts….
your peaceful interactions with others…..
make a huge difference!
You just being “a peaceful you” has a ripple effect!
Thank you For Your Peace,
Statistics on Deaths from Wars in the 20th Century
According to The Guardian, The 20th century was the most murderous in recorded history. The total number of deaths caused by or associated with its wars has been estimated at 187m, the equivalent of more than 10% of the world\’s population in 1913.
World War II
World War II (WWII or WW2), also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945. It involved the vast majority of the world\’s countries—including all the great powers—forming two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis. In a state of total war, directly involving more than 100 million personnel from more than 30 countries, the major participants threw their entire economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities behind the war effort, blurring the distinction between civilian and military resources. World War II was the deadliest conflict in human history, resulting in 70 to 85 million fatalities, with more civilians than military personnel killed. Tens of millions of people died due to genocides (including the Holocaust), premeditated death from starvation, massacres, and disease. Aircraft played a major role in the conflict, including in strategic bombing of population centres, the development of nuclear weapons, and the only two uses of such in war.
Bio Source; The Guardian and Wikipedia; Images: Fig1. Photo on Wikimedia Commons, Fig2. Photo by Anastasiya Lobanovskaya from Pexels, Fig3. Photo by Duy Pham on Unsplash