Even if you are not involved in a war, you can imagine the suffering of war.
August 15th marks the anniversary of the end of the war in Japan, or Memorial Day.
74 years ago, on August 9th, 1945, at 11:02 a.m. the U.S. Military dropped an atomic bomb on the city of Nagasaki. At that time, the population of Nagasaki was about 240,000. 150,000 people died from the atomic bomb. 3 days earlier, an atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima city, killing approximately 200,000 people. Both cities combined, a total of 350,000 people died.
These numbers are cruel. Looking at these numbers don’t mean anything, but if you imagine your parents, your siblings and all your friends dying in an instant, you can imagine the terror people lived through.
The first nuclear bombs used in history were both dropped in Japan. It was World War II. Japan experienced a huge defeat and swore to everlasting peace. Japanese have not killed anyone in battle ever since World War II. Our future generations need to hear about this war so that we can keep the peace.
74 years ago, reality did not exist. The country was weathered from war. The younger generations exposed to social disruption and political arrogance. People are now are filled with hatred against one another as a result of it.
I want you to travel.
Traveling around the world will shift something in you.
Everyone deserves to travel and see the world. You are a foreigner in a country when you’re in outside of your home town. Some people feel discrimination everywhere. Ethnicity has no boundaries so we should all be able to be friends. You should feel concern if you hear of natural disasters happening in countries that you have visited. We need to care for one another.
I want you to think.
We are all human. We all believe in different religions, different sexual preferences, different political views, and different economic situations. Listen to those who have different opinions. Let’s talk about our differences. Let us all be patient and tolerant of having different opinions.
I want everyone to take action.
I am reminding myself of all of these things. To be patient and to never give up. The only thing I can do is, even if I fail, I will live to believe that tomorrow will be better than today.