Thanks for popping in. Glad to be here today. Glad I was born when I was; glad I was born where I was. If this pandemic has taught me anything, anything at all, it is that I have to think positive, be positive and act positive. Think gratitude, do gratitude. Guard against negative people with negative ideas and MAKE A CREATIVE PLAN.
At the same time however, I feel a real need to take stock of what VE Day means. Victory in Europe. But Victory for the World?
Today, 75 years ago, the Nazis surrendered, and World War II in Europe was officially declared over. Thank God for that. But a reason to celebrate? Not in my heart. Such terrible loss of life, such suffering, such carnage. Time to reflect perhaps.
But there’s no such thing as a winnable war, is there? And if I’m not mistaken, the Americans hadn’t dropped the Atom Bomb on Hiroshima at that point in time, hadn’t wiped out a city and instantly killed another 80,000 people at that stage. Nor had they followed up with another bomb on Nagasaki, murdering another 40,000 people. And that doesn’t include the radiation fallout over ensuing decades. So over, not over.
The harrowing reality of it for me is that was 75 years ago. Not long at all. Staggering what man is capable of doing to his fellow man, isn’t it.
So yes. I stay in my little house on the edge of the Ashdown Forest, I try to stay upbeat and keep smiling, because crying won’t solve anything. I shall take each day as it comes, I shall do my best daily – and I shall pray that another nutter on a throne doesn’t decide to press the red button any time soon.
Serious today? Yes I am.
Love and Hugs