This piece of artillery is in a memorial at our local park. The memorial is for those who lived in the surrounding area but lost their lives in various wars. Recent events have reminded us of the reality of such conflicts. It sometimes seems that war is an inevitable part of being human, although we all wish it were not so.
Whether or not that is true, however, it is certainly not the only part of being human. Rotate the view and see other, more hopeful, areas in the park. A basketball court, some covered group picnic areas, a children’s play structure, fields of grass, and baseball diamonds.
These contrast with the war memorial, and remind us that our humanity involves a broad range of experiences.
Life and death, play and war, community and division, friendship and hostility.
This memorial is a continuing one, and the caretakers are sometimes asked when it will be finished. They respond that they don’t know, but probably when war and terror ends.
May we continue to cultivate the hopeful, growing, peaceful parts of humanity.