We all know red poppies mark November 11th every year: Armistice day, Remembrance day, Veterans day as it is deemed by many. Red poppies are synonymous with remembering the valor of those who made our countries what they are today as well as those who still do. This is what is honoured, respected, remembered and always will be by many even if some among us disagree with war.
But I wonder, inside my quiet self, if we couldn’t do more. What about all those “little wars” around us, over petty grievances that make no difference to anyone and would seem utterly foolish to a soldier in the trenches with nothing to eat for days?
Differences with workplace mates, classmates, relatives and friends. All these little wars affect the greater peace for all of us.
It is one thing to choose your battles. It is another to choose them irrationally, without reason or realism.
It is another to fight for a good cause. And yet another if we think it is a good cause but have failed to do the research to substantiate same. Not everything is as “good” as it appears and many a battle is lost or ignited because people did not have all the facts to make their decisions on.
Still, I believe it is much more important to recognize that sometimes the most noble battles are those we choose not to fight at all.
(c) November 11, 2011