Well now. . .today is quite an auspicious day–the 100th anniversary of the beginning of hostilities in World War I. From the vineyards of France to the beautiful coast of southern Italy the spector of death struck around nine million people by the time the war was called off in 1918. The borders of Europe changed drastically, new countries were created, the Austro-Hungarian Empire came to an end, the Ottoman Empire came to an end, and a ‘victor’s peace’ was imposed on a humiliated Germany setting the stage for even bigger and badder wars: WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Chinese Civil War, etc. and so on. Many thought that humans had learned something from all of this devastation, but alas, this does not seem to be the case with Russia/Ukraine happening, Syria happening, Israel/Hamas happening, Nigeria/Boko Haram happening, Kurds/Iraqis happening, the U.S. backing various factions of their choosing, and the list can go on. A guy was interviewed on NPR yesterday regarding the anniversary of WWI, and he said something that stuck with me. . .he said, “there seems to be something inherently wrong with the human race” as he referenced the multitude of atrocities that humans perform on other humans–specifically he was thinking about the one million Rwandans who were hacked to death with machetes by their neighbors because they came from what is perceived to be an inferior tribe. Things like this have happened forever and ever. . .something inherently wrong, indeed.
So, we remember the beginning of World War I, and we hope the powers-that-be learn something. . .don’t hold your breathe.
In spite of all of the above, I send you joyous vibes from Bordeaux, France; Positano, Italy; and Prague, Czech Republic. . .feel them. . .they are as good as it gets for us.
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It’s lovely out there–contrary to popular opinion.