Project 365 – 25th April 2010

Posted: April 25, 2010 in Project 365
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Day 84 – ANZAC Day

ANZAC day here in Australia today, a day for remembering the fallen Australian and New Zealand soldiers of the various wars down through the years and in particular the battle at Gallipoli during WWI. I have to admit after three years living here I never really got the spirit of the day, I guess it may be because I grew up in Ireland, a country with a strong history of neutrality and, from our own past, a dedication to peaceful negotiations before anything else.

In fact today was the first time I’d ever attended an ANZAC parade. I must admit it was an impressive occasion. From the pipe bands, the powerful drums, the rigid march and the medals of the soldiers that combine to inspire a respect for those that have served and died. I just think it would be nice to have something similar for those political negotiators who negate the need for war in the first place.

Its a tough debate, at one side people will say there will always be evil people in the world who cannot always be stopped by peaceful means, and on the other side there is a belief that actions create reactions that lead to a vicious unstoppable circle. Certainly that is seen with the amount of gangland violence in so many different cities. There is, eventually, a price put on human life one that I personally feel is, in a lot of cases, too low. Then again maybe I’m too naive to believe we all could accept each other and get along!

Quote of the day: “We make war that we may live in peace” – Aristotle

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