As I close my eyes and drift away to a land where there is love, health, peace, and blessings. I wanted to take the time to think and reflect. The truth is that it was the 75th Anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack on December 7th 2016. I wanted to learn more about what this day commemorated, and realized the enormity, and historic magnitude of this day. This was the day that the United States of America entered into World War II.
I began to think about the people that were attacked, these were American's including the indigenous people of Hawaii. I was very touched , and moved whilst watching this ceremony. I felt a sense of peacefulness, as people from all walks of life came together for the this commemoration. There were prayers offered by the US officials, as well as the leaders from the indigenous community, who offered a special prayer, a prayer for peace. I felt a great sense of hope within, knowing that peace was also a calling from the elders. Wars have happened. Maybe these were intentional, or maybe they were not. But the truth is that we have a chance, a chance to re-build and re-new. This is what the survivors are asking for. This is what people want. They recognize the past hurts, but they are also pleading for peace.
As I saw the salute to one of the longest living survivors it made me question and think. As much as we want to build a brighter peaceful hope for the children of the world. This does not mean that we ignore the histories, or the stories that are shared by veterans, and the hero's that gave their life to serve their country. A move forward, for the purposes of nation building, is a successful integration of the past, present to project a future.
It is important that nation building take this into account, that future generations are much more integrated and diverse. We have to also remember that senior citizens offer so much value for younger generations. I like to think of senior / veterans citizens as treasure troves. Their life experiences are treasures. If we ever had access to a senior citizen, I would encourage the development of a good relationship, because they are so valuable and precious.
This commemoration was deeply touching, but it also encapsulated with another hear break. It took place on the same day of the Pakistani plane crash, and the night before was the earthquake in Indonesia. So many lives were lost in an instant. An instant genocide. Individuals, families gone. What is going to happen is that these families will also have to find ways to cope, to heal, and repair their families. We have to remain strong. I did by reminding myself that these individuals were brought to death in the name of their country, but were they? How could these instant genocides have been prevented? These thoughts were accompanied with solid tears. I didn't have the heart to tell daughter, who just told me the night before that she felt so good because she made friends from Syria, India and Bangladesh. Millennial's are actually fed - up with the tactics that are used by those in power, that create divides. In a sense this is why they are not interested in politics. They are certainly aware of the atrocities, but don't want to take part. In a sense have lost faith in political structures. (I speak from a general sense). These thoughts can be related to Merkle's call for the ban of the full face veil covering. These are other ways that leaders in power use a macro stereotype to impinge on the rights of others, and invoke fear. Historically speaking, the Veil, (Burka) is a cultural creation, not religious.
Another example is when U.S. Pacific Command Commander Admiral Harris decided to slip in a jab relating to Colin Kaepernick. This was unnecessary because Kapernick's kneeling of the flag was much more to do with a rebellion of the disgrace that was caused during the run - up to the election day, which is now over. This was another example of a tension used to instill more divides. As a nations we should all be thinking of how we can use collective gatherings to unite, now that we have a President - Elect.
And if that was not enough to hear. There was an earthquake in California and Hawaii, just a day after these commemorations. To me it is a simple. These earthquakes or attacks are not taking place randomly. They are a creation of world leaders. Believe me. Climate change is not real. Climate change is the biggest farce that I have ever heard about. The biggest ploy to fool the public. What is real is the side effects of the destruction's that are caused by world leaders that are having a cumulative effect on the environment. Did anyone think how much pollution is caused by wars? Mother nature replenishes the earth. The earth is not destroying itself. World leaders are, This includes the ones at the forefront of claiming they are against climate change. They are also responsible for the fires, floods, earthquakes, and much more
As life long learners, we must never take topical issue at face value. We must never stop questions about what is. We can also question - What evoked the Peal Harbor Attack, was this just another creation of a ploy?
Dedication: These thoughts are dedicated to all beings. My thoughts to share with love & kindness! :)
Notes: These thoughts were originally hand - written on December 9th 2016. Please note that I have been having many technical issues with my website, please excuse any errors. Thank you.
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