Sombre Sunday.

10 Nov

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A sombre day as we see images of distraught people and destruction in The Phillipines due to the most powerful storm ever recorded.  Is this Mother Earth’s call to us to stop abusing and destroying our Planet? Who will listen to her call? Or is it too late for us to change?

It is also Remembrance Sunday. The day when the dead of two World Wars are remembered.  As one watches world leaders lay wreaths one wonders why nothing changes…why the war mongers continue to prosper and create misery around the world?  Setting human against human…religion against religion. What purpose of it all?

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9 Responses to “Sombre Sunday.”

  1. Donna@Gardens Eye View November 10, 2013 at 1:45 pm #

    Indeed we are being warned I fear. Our Remembrance Day is tomorrow. I still wonder the purpose and couldn’t we just learn to get along and talk out our differences. Everything seems to be getting more violent…even day to day interactions.

  2. Martin November 10, 2013 at 4:05 pm #

    Your post echoes my own thoughts. However, I fear that people far away will not make the connection, and even people who are in the front line, will often find a ‘reason’ to explain everything. Whilst I *hope* we wake up to to call, I fear that most won’t until it’s too late.

    • bridget November 10, 2013 at 5:01 pm #

      I fear you are right Martin…sadly.

      • june November 11, 2013 at 8:30 pm #

        My thoughts, worries and fears, as well.

  3. John Willmott November 10, 2013 at 4:39 pm #

    I find this is a tough call. Both sombre stories arouse a kind of helplessness guilt in us and the genuine loving caring desire for peace. On the other side, the world population has almost tripled since the second world war, and in the Philippines it is 6 times the population. None of us wish to be the ones who are taken from the earth in this way.

    A subject to be mindful of today, indeed. Purpose? Well I do not think a loss of population is a bad thing … but if that was one of my children, parents etc. that had gone that way I would be hollering “why,why why?”

    To me this is for moments of mindfulness without guilt or revelations of solutions … followed by gratitude and recognition of how we are blessed today.

    • bridget November 10, 2013 at 5:07 pm #

      As always John you give some wise words. As you say there has been a population explosion since the end of WW2 but no one wants to lose their loved ones especially in such an awful way.
      Let us remember them all with respect and dignity.

  4. angiesgardendiaries November 10, 2013 at 6:35 pm #

    The Philippines is a country I have visited many times and I’m finding those images quite distressing. I think it worse because I have been to many of the places that are mentioned.
    Remembrance services taking place here too today.
    Plenty to think about today.

    • bridget November 11, 2013 at 7:58 am #

      It certainly is a day for contemplation. May they find the strength to cope with this disaster.

  5. gardendaze November 11, 2013 at 2:15 pm #

    Bridget, As always, thank you for these reminders. Of course, no one needs the reminders I hope to remember those lost in the disaster in the Phillipines–and those who have yet to survive the coming horrors or days without food, shelter & water.

    Here we struggle with the proper ways to remember our veterans. Some say it’s best to keep children in school and to have veterans visit; others say it’s best to shut the schools in memory.

    So long as we do remember and honor, I don’t have a problem with whatever the towns decide. I suspect it is better to have a formal program through whether it is through the schools or in our towns. And of course in the homes is the best way if it is being done–one hopes.

    Karla

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