fall into history
with each sullied tumbling brick
unite a people
the war finally over
after fifty years
© G.s.k. ‘15
“Nothing feeds forgetfulness better than war…. We all keep quiet and they try to convince us that what we’ve seen, what we’ve done, what we’ve learned about ourselves and about others, is an illusion, a passing nightmare. Wars have no memory, and nobody has the courage to understand them until there are no voices left to tell what happened, until the moment comes when we no longer recognize them and they return, with another face and another name, to devour what they left behind.”
― Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind
War has always existed. It seems that what we call “war” even exists in nature and so isn’t exclusive to humanity, though that’s been said. The horror of human war is the cruelty we put into it and the illusion that as superior beings we are above nature, thinking reasoning creatures, but in fact we are those animals that have used our special capacities to create the tools to make war one of the worst holocausts that the earth has ever witnessed.
Nationalism, born in the 19th century with all its shades of ideology blighted the 20th century with a nearly constant state of fratricidal war. Much of the inventiveness (and our resources and energy) went into creating some of the most terrible weapons the world had ever seen, and not happy with that, we’ve carried our inventiveness into the 21st century with new and even more destructive forms of warfare. Some will tell you, and they are correct, that many of our important medical finds and some of the most useful instruments of our advanced form of living (like Internet) came about thanks to war.
The Berlin wall is the symbol of the conflict which was born at the end of the so-called “Second World War”. In my opinion, the “Second World War”, never actually ended until the Berlin Wall fell. The war continued, under a different face with different main characters, becoming truly a global war … “cold” between the major protagonists who never directly attacked each other but very hot and terrible for those who fell under their influence and were armed and goaded into killing for them.
Mankind will perhaps overcome its destructive infancy one day, if the species doesn’t destroy itself and the planet, if we will recognize its face, if we will admit to ourselves that we are capable of horror, insanity, cruelty for no other reason than promoting an idea or someone’s greed. We are children with destructive toys and no adult to teach us how to share the playground.
War has always existed. It seems that what we call “war” even exists in nature and so isn’t exclusive to humanity, though that’s been said. We’re just more inventive.
symbol of endless war
one brick fell
© G.s.k. ‘15