Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.
–Sir Winston Churchill
Today marks the 65th anniversary of the allies invasion of Europe, to begin the liberation of a continent held under the terror of Nazis and others for five years. Thousands died so others could live.
The world as we know it is still a dangerous place, fillled with mad men, despots, scammers, gangs, criminals, hateful evil-doers.
The world as we know it is still filled with kindness, hope, charity, forgiveness, creativity, vision, joy.
The world as we know it not a perfect place. Many are killed by those who enjoy it, and many die who would rather live. This is the dichotomy and sorrow of being a human – capable of being and doing both. At times, the horror of living can far outweigh its beauties – it depends on where you are and when. But, in the midst of it all, we still somehow manage to find the time to enjoy the sunrise, birdsong, evening breeze, smell of the sea, the smile of someone beloved.
Let’s remember this, and thank those who made it, and make it, so.