[There is No Winner in a War]
By: DUAN Yanlin, Alan (Jockey Club Academy Hall)
70 years ago in 1945, we saw the victory of the Chinese people against Japanese aggression. Our defense finally fought us a bright future and that is why, today, we can be born in a peaceful era, and we can live in a safe country.
We mark our victory, not just because of the glory. There was much more sadness, tears, deaths behind the scene. From that perspective, there is no winner in a war. Rather, we memorize the day because we want to remind ourselves how much we have sacrificed to earn the friendship and peace, and how precious they are so that they cannot be taken away again.
I am not saying that our world is perfect now. There are still disputes, conflicts and discrepancies. In some areas, people are still suffering from war. But in more and more countries, people understand that having different interests or opinions is never ever a valid reason to start a war.
As Martin Amis says, “Bullets cannot be recalled. They cannot be uninvented. But they can be taken out of the gun.” At this moment, we have to admit that there are weapons that are much more destructive than guns, and the existence of these have made our peace more fragile than ever. However, we should also keep in mind that human beings have learnt not one, but two lessons from the World Wars and we all know the pain of fighting against each other. After all, it is only by remembering what happened that we can prevent the catastrophe from happening again. It is only by building up friendship and protecting our peaceful world that we can embrace the lovely future together.