Hey everyone Today is World Holocaust Day where we remember the victims of the world’s most devastating tragedy. We must never forget, the events of this terrible catastrophe where a whole race of people were exterminated for the ultimate crime of being different from their persecutors.
It is at times like this we must take a moment to reflect on the words of our national bard Robert Burns who spoke of man’s inhumanity to man and ask the question why when we are left to our own devices are we prone to such brutal acts of depravity? This is a question to which I have no honest answer, but one thing I do know is that no matter the location this kind of senseless slaughter keeps on happening. God knows there have been plenty of examples of this kind of behaviour throughout history.
From the Spanish and English inquisitions which are well documented as the most vicious in Europe, to the Highland Clearances and the Irish potato holocaust. Yes I call it what it was and it was not a famine as there were more than enough potatoes to feed the people but they were kept for the Anglo-Irish nobility. Anyway from those events which have shaped our past ,to the more recent of examples of civil wars in Bosnia and Kosovo, and ongoing atrocities in Syria and South Sudan, or re-winding our memories to the killing fields of Cambodia the carnage of the troubles in Ulster, the struggle against apartheid in South Africa or the genocide of Rwanda there is still a tendency to hurt and abuse those we see as we see as different to ourselves.
Perhaps the greatest tribute we could ever pay the victims of the holocaust and all others massacred for their beliefs is again to refer to the works of Robert Burns and make these the words we live by to create a better world. Oh wha’s the gift, the gift tae gie us tae see oorselves as ithers see us’ because maybe if we tried to see ourselves as others see us it would lead to a greater humanity and peace between people’s and nations.
Love And Best Wishes