One day, my mother brought out the stuff from WW2 as she usually likes doing. She was getting upset about the destruction which Poland experienced during the war and lack of financial help from the Allies, who invested millions in Western Europe under Marshal Plan in order to rebuild it but the plan did not include Poland.
I listened and asked her; can you try to say these things without emotions? Just acknowledging them without getting upset?
“No”. – she replied
Conversely to her parents, she didn’t personally experience the WW2, yet, it seems like she inherited their emotional wounds.
War is never a matter of its duration. It gets stuck in people’s hearts for generations. It often causes a resentment towards other nations. I see it in the way that some people still talk about their neighbouring countries. I saw it in eyes of some Vietnamese people during my stay in Vietnam. Their fear was real: ‘A white person approaches me and wants something… Help or turn around?’
That is why I decided to focus on small stories that connect nations.
Coming back to WW2, I’d like to touch on Germany and Poland who have been neighbours for quite a while. I personally see these both nations similar to each other; they both like discussing problems and intellectualize stuff. They both like travelling and value work as such although they work differently.
We can’t stop wars from happening but what we can do,is to try learning good things from our neighbouring countries, pay attention to what we say when we talk about other nations and most importantly, appreciate the freedom and peace we have right now because nothing is given forever.
I recently read a moving sentece: “Don’t pray for peace in the world, pray for the peace in your heart”.There is something to it…