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The Bridge to Empathy and Peace

  • Published by Aydın Eroğlu

gallipoli cemetry2No one can understand the above mentioned values better than the Anzacs and the Turks as by now it must be part of our very own DNA. Imagine two warring sides, only eight meters apart inside their trenches; killing each other and sometimes in darkness killing their own soldiers because of chest to chest combat.

However each day at cease fire offering each other chocolates and cigarettes for a period of nine and a half months; eventually becoming friends, after getting to know who the enemy was and not shooting at each other anymore was one of the major reasons why the battle of Gallipoli came to an end.

A gentleman’s war as recorded by some historians where the number of casualties from both sides reached to six hundred thousand including the dead, wounded and those who were missing in action; all in a time frame when a child could be born. What a waste for the human kind!

In Brad Pitts movie Troy the King of Thessaly says to King Agamemnon ''Remove your army off my land'' and the response is ''but I like your land''.

In Ephesus under Trojans foot where once his seven meter tall statue stood; it writes: ''Here it is under my feet I conquered it all'' referring to the world which is presently standing as the globe.

Ephesus Trojan FountainTrajan's people knew the world was round from Erostatanes and Marinos; two famous Greek scholars who had measured and had drawn maps of the world showing it as the globe we know it today. So how was it possible that the human kind lost that information for fifteen hundred years until Christopher Columbus discovered America and proved the rest of the world how correct those two scholars were. I often wonder who had pushed the delete button causing this valuable piece of information to be lost for one and a half millennium.

Was it just by coincidence that one of the ships during the Gallipoli campaign that tried to go through Dardanelles was named Agamemnon, on the 18th of March 1915? We all need the correct information and the history will keep repeating itself as long as we humans do not seem to learn from the mistakes of our grandparents. One may want to conquer the world and keep on liking those lands that belong to others and never take into consideration the feelings of those peoples whose lands are under occupation. When will this lack of empathy terminate? It is sad to see that sometimes the human effort that is shown to a whale is not shown to all the Syrians who are being massacred by their own tyrant right now. It seems to me that this lack of empathy will continue and the level of human tragedy will go beyond borders of our imagination.

If the Anzacs and the Turks of today can embrace each other after hundred years and show great respect to each other for the heroic encounter of their grandparents and empaties knowing that their ancestors who killed each other today can bring them together in the hope that the future generations will pick up this lesson of history and continue their lives by building bridges of peace and empathy and make the world a better place to live and only then we can hope for a brighter future to come.

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