The bombing of the two towers, September 11th, 2001. 2 749 reported deaths.
The bombing of Hiroshima, August 6th and August 9th, 1945. 120 000 reported deaths.
The battle for Gallipoli, from February 1915 to January 1916, a total of 505 000 recorded deaths, 28 150 of these were Australian.
The Trojan War, 400 B.C. Total annihilation of Troy.
Good morning friends, classmates and teachers.
On any of these given days, thousands of people died. These acts of war were inspired by passion, greed and revenge. No one really wanted for their people to die – but they did. And this is something that no one can, or ever will be able to change.
People have however, taken steps to address these wrongs. Some by retaliation, or being retaliated upon, others by an act of peace. It is not up to me to decide for these nations which of these developments are better, but I do see it as my duty to think, to wonder and to acknowledge. Lives were lost. Was it for nothing? How would the world differ today if none of these events had occurred? Would we have had a more peaceful place to grow up in? Or would a human’s basic instinct still win out, therefore creating more turmoil then there ever has been?
Though as much as we should think and wonder about this, there is also nothing that we ever could have done, nor is there an answer to any of these questions.
That said, these questions are important, not only to acknowledge the lives that were lost, but also so that we may stop and think next time before we act, instead of after. Before any of us do or say something that may effect and invoke change, because nothing can ever make things go back to the way they were. Depending on how things have been affected and altered, this can either be a good or bad thing, it is up to us to choose which.
“We cannot walk alone.
And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead.
We cannot turn back.”
Martian Luther King said this in his speech given on the 28th of August in 1963. He is right, we cannot turn back. Throughout our lives we have constantly walked ahead when we would have happily turned back, had we been given the option. For example many of us remember the first day of school, when we so desperately clung to our parents, not yet willing to admit that we were ready for the next step along the path of our...