So it’s Hiroshima memorial day today and one of the Offsprings’ birthdays. We have never linked the two but you might excuse me if I do not treat the day with perhaps its full reverence, being as I want to celebrate the birth of one of my children.
That’s the way it is, isn’t it? The phenomenon described by WH Auden in his poem:
We live very egocentric lives. When we mourn we want the world to stop and mourn with us. When we rejoice, we don’t have time for others’ sorrow. Every day people suffer grief and joy. Similarly we celebrate the anniversaries that mean something to us and forget the rest; yet still we expect the world to remember with us.
If we want to bring about peace in the world we have to acknowledge those other memories, the ones we don’t even know about. Those are the memories and feelings which affect how people respond to us, and often we don’t even know what they are. Often we cannot ever know what they are, perhaps the person we are interacting with doesn’t consciously know either.
With all this baggage all we can do is accept it exists, in some kind of other dimension, and try to let it go. We can only ask others to try the same.
This month Kozo asks us to think about Music and Peace as the monthly Bloggers for Peace topic. Music is a major trigger for memory, so it’s a powerful force in our lives. This post is not about music but it feels to me like there is a connection there somewhere. Don’t hold your breath – I may return to this in due course.
Meanwhile, try and let your baggage go, and have a lovely, peaceful and burden-free day.