[There is No Winner in a War]【戰爭之中無勝者】

09 War and Peace

[There is No Winner in a War]

By: DUAN Yanlin, Alan (Jockey Club Academy Hall)

Image: huffingtonpost.com

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.

【戰爭之中無勝者】

文: 段延麟(賽馬會群智堂)

圖: huffingtonpost.com

70年前的1945年,中國人民抗日戰爭宣告勝利。是我們當時的堅守,讓今天的我們得以出生在一個和平的年代、安全的國家。

而我們之所以要紀念我們的勝利,不僅僅是因為榮耀。勝利榮光的背後,有太多的難過,淚水與死亡。從這個角度來看,戰爭之中沒有勝利者;但我們依舊要記得這段歷史,以時刻提醒著我們那時犧牲了多少才換來了今天珍貴的、不容再次失去的友誼及和平。

我知道,這個世界遠非完美。這裏仍有爭執、矛盾和不和。在一些地方,人們還在遭受著戰火的洗禮。但在更多更多的國家,人們逐漸明白了一點:不同的利益和觀點永遠不是可以拿起刀槍開始殺戮的藉口。

正如馬汀艾米斯所言:「射出的子彈不能被召回,已經發明了的子彈不能消失。我們能做的,就是不要將它上入槍膛中。」在如今,我們有遠比子彈、手槍可怕千百倍的東西,他們的存在讓我們今天的和平更加脆弱。可於此同時,我們也清楚,人類已經從兩次世界大戰中吸取了教訓,明白了戰爭的痛苦。畢竟,只有銘記歷史才能防止災難的再次發生。只有團結友愛和平共處才能擁抱美好的未來。

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