December 7, 1941. The day the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. And then in August of 1945 the United States attacked Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
I am not old enough to remember WWII, but my father in law served as a Marine during that time. He doesn't tell many stories. All we need do is read the history books to know what happened. We must not forget, but we can can forgive. Is this not what we are taught? Forgiveness, no matter whom or what you believe in.
Who would have known that some 69 years later Japan would be suffering such a great natural disaster and we would come to their aid? As it should be.
My heart aches when others are suffering. Compassion, empathy, call it what you will. Some humans are incapable of either one. I even feel sorry for them. Empathy is what unites us as a human race. It saddens me so that something bad has to happen in order for folks to pull together. Is that just human nature? Why must it be that way? Why can't we practice kindness, compassion and empathy on a daily basis in our daily lives? I see such division each day everywhere I look. It's gay or straight, black or white, Democrat or Republican and the list goes on. Frankly, I don't give a rat's patootie about any of that. What it boils down to is we all cry the same tears and shed the same blood. We are all of the same race, the HUMAN race. We need to start finding some middle ground or we will destroy ourselves and each other.
Please consider kindness.