VE Day – 67 years ago.

VE Day – Victory in Europe Day – marks the end of the European hostilities of World War II.  The Japanese would take another three months to surrender.

While there are huge numbers of monuments dedicated to ensuring we never forget the wars and battles we have fought, it seems odd that we don’t celebrate the positives that emerge from those wars.  VE Day was a victory, yes, but it also signalled a homecoming for millions of soldiers, resistence fighters, and guerilla soldiers tucked away in forests, hills and mountains across Europe and into Asia.  Surely, that has to be the most positive outcome of any war?

Yet VE Day is not a national holiday anywhere.  Nor is VJ or VP day in the Pacific and the Americas.

It’s been proven by research and experimentation that humans tend to gravitate toward what the mind focuses upon.  Also, the mind doesn’t register negatives.  So, for instance, if you keep repeating to yourself over and over again “Don’t forget the milk, don’t forget the milk, don’t forget the milk…” your mind won’t register the negative don’t at all.  And it will do exactly what you’re telling it to do:  Forget the milk.

In the same way, a mind immersed in information that is nearly 100% about wars and battles, will tend to lean towards violence as a solution, and that is what the mind is focused upon.

So if our culture continually celebrates and remembers wars, battles, the death of great leaders, assassinations, bombings, and more, instead of births and birthdays, victory days, the anniversaries of great achievements — what are we as a society missing out on?

Food for thought…

 

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