War is known as, armed fighting between two or more countries or groups. With many different types of war, like the nuclear, religion based and civil war it is important to make clear wich sort of war you are referring to. In this Blog post I will be writing about world wars, specifically WW1.
First of all, lets talk about the consequences of war. For the people directly involved in a war, like WW1 the biggest problem was the mental health and stability of the usually young men. With books like, All quiet on the western front, a primary source of the first world war we have proof what the war, no matter what kind, does to these men. The first sentence of chapter 11 in the novel
We count the weeks no more.
demonstrates this. They have given up they don’t even believe in time any more or when they can go home, the war has broken them and their will to live. This was mainly caused by the constant fear to die, suffering losses in your own lines and even the killing of the enemies. All these and even more factors caused all these, mostly innocent, soldiers to lose the life they had and be put in a different one, where everything is empty and there is no future. In the short story ~In our time~ by Ernest Hemingway we join a soldier after the war who is unable to connect to society and who cannot feel human motions anymore.
Now why did so many people go to these wars, if they were so horrible and cruel. This was mainly thanks to the peer pressure the countries applied to the young folk. Who ever didn’t want to risk their live for his Country would be abandoned from the social scene and even your own parents. On top of that, with most older citizens telling them how glorious and honorable the war was, most men didn’t know what they were getting into. And looking at poems like ~Dulce et Decorum Est1 ~ telling the truth it is not hard to tell how broken most of the men were, directly through the war or indirectly. But it was not only the elderly the whole world was thinking in these patterns as described by Cecil Woodham-Smith in ~ The reason why~.
Now it is not hard to see why we should NEVER repeat something as horrible as WW1 or WW2 again. But how could we achieve this? Now to let all people see how horrible those wars were, we can simply show them all the photos,poems and short stories. We have the chance to learn from their mistakes and do better should it ever be considered an option. War has to always be the last was to settle differences.
I would refer to the end of the short story of Hemingway, in which he says that we should not just thank them and pray we should help them and stay on their side since they have sacrificed their entire life for this cause and ultimately us. So i would not organize a big orchestra or a group of dancers, I would kepp it raw, just a microphone and our respects.
All the war heroes would have the chance to share their pain and say what lies on those hearts. I would also let all the participants pay their respects to all the ones who have fallen, no matter under which circumstances or which age, because we have absolutely no right to judge them and their actions.
Finally I would have some readings. Poems like ~Flanders fields~ and passages out of books like ~All quiet on the western front~ which represent the war and its terrible consequences to show once again why events like that should never be repeated.