Beauty, comfort, and peace can be as fleeting as an autumn leaf. Quickly, and sadly, sweet colorful warmth is too easily replaced with cold disregard. Seasons change and lessons get learned: or so we like to think. We live in such a beautiful world but, sadly, ugly history repeats itself, every day, around the globe, on our small town streets, and in our personal relationships. How tragic.
The world changed 73 years ago today, forever. Japanese planes launched from aircraft carriers swooped from the skies above Pearl Harbor and waged war in a surprise attack that put into motion great change in the world. On that violent December morning there were over 3500 casualties but, millions have died amid the violence of war since. Please know that war has never been limited to armies with weapons. Violence and indifference is conducted by people that have learned hate, greed, and intolerance. Armies simply kill on a grander, more formal scale. Armies do not decide to invade, attack, and kill. People do. We, the people, are those armies. We are the criminals. We are the gang members. We are the thieves in suits and ties. We are the hypocrites. We are the bigoted. We are the unjust. We, the people, cheapen the loss of so many lives by repeating the cycle time and time again.
The once lively, vibrant leaf clung momentarily during its inevitable descent. Soon the wind and rain would drive it to the ground where it is destined to decay and, hopefully, nourish the soil around it. The cycle of life will always continue but, in many ways, what grows is up to us – We the People.
This image is dedicated to everyone who has fallen in the wake of violence especially those men and women that died 73 years ago this morning. Peace.
Photograph What You Feel
Nikon 500mm f4 lens