Tuesday, 11 November 2008
Lest we forget!
One of the delightful things I have been doing in the last few weeks is mentoring a year 7 student in aspects of English language for an hour or so each week.
He is working on a poetry project and has decided to look at war.
In talking to him about it, and what some of the themes are, it is interesting to note that in a naive sort of way he understands the futility of young people being sent off to fight political battles in which they have little or no direct interest. And that people get caught up in such fracas as 'collateral damage' to other men's (usually men) decisions.
If the First and Second wars and those following have taught us nothing else, hopefully there will be a lasting reminder...as there should be on this 90th Anniversary of the Armistice ...that war is not a solution.