Exploring contemplative awareness in daily life, drawing from and with much discussion of the writings of Thomas Merton, aka "Father Louie".
excellent article Beth !! most impressive to me: '...Militarists were willing to fight to the death for the guaranteed preservation of Emperor Hirohito’s postwar sovereignty. When news of the Nagasaki attack arrived, the deliberations continued without further mention of it. That night, Hirohito broke the deadlock and sanctioned surrender...' ... until a few days ago, I had always thought that Hirohito was a pacifist trapped by Tojo during the war, now I believe that General MacArthur falsely placed the blame on Tojo [with Tojo's cooperation] in order to save Hirohito and to allow the US to rebuild Japan under Hirohito... https://books.google.com/books?id=zjmVltzm1kYC&hl=en ...as far as guilt for Hiroshima and Nagasaki, there is no shortage of guilt for WWII ... nothing can justify any act of war, however, my opinion is that if the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki had not brought some compassion on Japan, and MacArthur had not succeeded in protecting Japan after the war, Japan may have suffered an even more brutal retaliation than the bombings ?? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/10182755/Chinas-war-With-Japan-1937-1945-the-struggle-for-survival-by-Rana-Mitter-review.html '...Ending with Japanese surrender in August 1945, the war in China left between 14 and 20 million Chinese dead, and created as many as 100 million refugees...' it is sad to me that China's suffering during the war is often overlooked ??
my professor in Cultural Geography: http://news.aag.org/2015/03/in-memoriam-chiao-min-jimmy-hsieh/ his entire village, on the east coast of China when the Japanese Army attacked in the late 1930s, unburied their dead, wrapped them in traditional manner, packed everything, including their college, on their backs, and walked across China only a few miles ahead of the Japanese Army, and most of their community survived until the end of the war...
2Cents ________________________________Thank you for your good posting Beth - To notice - Merton was censured for his antiwar writing by the Church there seams to be a strongpsychological connection between worship and warship through out human history all worship has degraded into war it may well be that mankind's final solution will be self destruction -so this -- Tositjust sit _tobreathe just breathe __ this sittingthis breathingthis blessing ________Blessings____________________boK