Tuesday, November 11, 2008

'i believe all suffering is caused by ignorance. people inflict pain on others in the selfish pursuit of their happiness or satisfaction. yet true happiness comes from a sense of peace and contentment, which in turn must be achieved through the cultivation of altruism, of love and compassion, and elimination of ignorance, selfishness and greed'. - Dalai Lama

today is our day to reflect on the millions of people who have sacrificed their lives and chosen to fight for our country, and for peace around the world.

i think its so important to think of all the things we wouldn't have if these men and women hadn't fought to protect our basic freedoms and more.

i was lucky enough to see the new canadian made film passchendaele the other day (go and see it). it was sad and brutal and probably the most true depiction of what war would have been like for canadian troops. the truth of fighting beside men who became your best friends, and losing them in a second.

my sister asked me the other day, "why do we have rememberence day? i didn't know anyone who fought in the war". we started talking about how different the world would be and how it would have affected our lives if these people hadn't fought for us.

of course stability is what we want to achieve and maintain, but remembering the evils, the battles and the lives lost will reenforce how important it is to help the world get back into a state of peace.

thank you, thank you, thank you
xo d.

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