Yes, it’s quite a mouthful but it’s something that’s been getting to me lately. What, you may ask? Rebellion and revenge or respect and reconciliation? The people of Ireland are currently commemorating the 100th year since the 1916 Easter Rising. That event was the cornerstone of the foundation of the Irish Republic.
It is just and right that one commemorates momentous historic events. It is just and right that a nation dwells on the achievements of the past. It is just and right that the present generation is reminded of the past. However, when rebellion and revenge seem to be an ever-present undercurrent then I begin to question the path forward.
Many may suggest I should mind my own business but I’ve seen a bitter harking back to the ills of the past. There’s an element of resentment. There is an element of hardening to any suggestion that past lessons should point in the direction of a harmonious togetherness and reconciliation.
Respect for others means tolerance. It also means leaving behind old animosities and seeking new ways of overcoming differences.
This is a photo of the statue of the Children of Lir in the Garden of Remembrance. Do click here to read more.
So… I’ll leave you with reflections of another kind. Water and glass offer so many opportunities to capture special images.
For those who question my credentials for posting comment about Irish history and reference to their dislike for the Brits, I have a simple answer. I’m South African. My grandparents and their families were heavily impacted by the actions of the Brits during the Second Boer War.
The concepts of concentration camps and scorched earth were born in that war. My ancestors suffered the dire consequences of the war and the camps. If we, as a nation, kept dwelling on those evils we would now be a very bitter and twisted race. Respect and reconciliation is what’s most needed in my country of birth and here in Ireland!