World War One: Do We Ever Learn From the Mistakes of the Past?
The world that we have inherited is a product of everything that has preceded us; the wars, the treaties, the alliance, the traditions, the cultures, the nations, the people, the kings, the queen, the presidents, the knights, the soldiers, the leaders, and what else you can list. We live in a world of diversity and even with that, we manage to get along… sometimes.
In the beginning of yester century, our world fell into chaos and war due to political, economical, and national differences. The French had held a four-decade-long grudge against the Germans, while the Germans themselves had dismissed Bismarck and made life difficult for themselves through multiple diplomatic failures. These failures caused Britain and Russia to see Germany as a threat, and subsequently, Austria-Hungary too as they were the Germans’ favorite ally. In the four years of war, which included most of Europe and USA, many lives were lost, lives of innocent children, and harmless men and women. In total, the world sacrificed over sixteen million lives (military and civilian). That is 10,018 deaths per day-417 deaths per hour-7 deaths per minute. This vast number is equaled and beaten by the deadliest war in history, courtesy of Herr Hitler & co., World War One’s bigger brother World War II.
And in these deaths we see humanity for the violent race that it can be; in WWI humanity lost a gigantic chunk of its innocence, and the world knew true tragedy. It was the first time the entire world was in conflict; even our own Kurdistan was freed from Ottoman occupation, only to be later get reoccupied by his majesty, the King of England, George V.
And the world is still grieving from the losses of the past century, and that’s why nations all around the world are now commemorating what happened a hundred years ago. We are commemorating the deaths and sacrifices that humanity forced upon itself, honoring the lives lost and the lives affected by it. It’s an honorable effort to show our respect for everything people went through back then, and show we still remember, and we will have their existence painted on the canvas of humanity.
We humans rarely find time to admit to our mistakes and try to rectify our ways, and perhaps this is not exactly the best way we could have rectified the errors of great wars, but it is a start perhaps; a start towards a more conscious humanity, a more selfless and kind humanity, and maybe in the future we won’t have to resolve to problem of war so often.
By: Zheel Shwani