However a couple of weeks ago I had a conversation with my daughter, should we go away for her half term? Yeah why not? However we hadn't decided on where to go.
I get home and open my email, there is a holiday trip to Krakow in Poland, with a trip to Auschwitz Concentration Camp. My daughter jumped at the idea of a trip to the camp, something very deeply pulling her to that place.
As for me I did not know why I wanted to go......and then of course it was obvious. If I was prepared to walk up mountains in Nepal for World Peace then I should repeat it and read words and prayers in a place of desolation and horror.
And so that is what we did. Not sure of what to expect we went anyway. Nothing prepared us for a room with 2 tons of human hair, nor the empty, cold desolation at Birkenau. The complete fascination at the efficiency to kill and dispose of so many bodies and the disbelief that it was considered OK to do this, to eradicate lives at a rate of 1,500 fellow human beings per day.
Not sure as I type this how to finish, was a lesson learned? No I don't think so, we still slaughter and still allow it to happen to humans and animals daily.
Can I help prevent it by reading the Words for World Peace people send me? I am not sure, the efforts feel small sometimes. However they are positive peaceful actions and I do not intend to stop making such actions, ever!