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Alright, I know I go on and on about Hiroshima. This blog is called Mike in Korea, not Mike in Hiroshima, but this trip has changed me as a person, permanently I think.

Never before have my eyes been opened to the power that we possess, and the ways we use it. Standing at the place where so many people died, it’s like I could feel their souls. Yeah it sounds cliché, but that’s the honest truth. Reflecting back on it now makes it feel even more real to me.

Yesterday I was showing my conversation student pictures and telling her about the history of the war and what happened there, and she started to cry. That was a really moving moment to me, because from my understanding, Koreans learn more about the torment and strife of their own people, rather than that of other countries. Granted, us Canadians don’t really learn a lot about Asian history either, which is understandable, because we’re busy learning about North American history.

All I can say is that this trip has changed my outlook on life, and further highlighted my drive to become a photojournalist. If anyone has experience in photojournalism, I’d love to hear from you. It seems like a really tough job to be good at. I need security in my job, so freelancing doesn’t really feel like a reliable job.

I’ve actually upset some of my Korean friends when I told them how I was moved so deeply by seeing Hiroshima. They argue that the Japanese had it coming, and that the Korean people have suffered as well. I am well aware of the struggles that Koreans have fought through throughout their entire history. It’s just that I haven’t had a chance to actually visit a place where so many innocent people died. A lot of innocent people died in Seoul at the hands of the Japanese, and Japan colonized here most recently from 1910 to 1945, I think.

My stance on all of this is that any war is in my mind deemed ineffective the moment that an innocent person dies. I doubt there has ever been a war where only the fighting parties were involved, so I guess that means that all war is ineffective. It’s just my hope that the world can learn from its past mistakes and use advances in technology to develop precision strike weapons, instead of those which obliterate an entire city with the push of a button.

In the paraphrased words of the great Bill Hicks, let’s stop spending money on wars, and come together, every country, as one group of people connected in love and respect. Let’s put all the money we spend on wars and weapons development towards spacecraft, and explore space in peace and love together.

One of the greatest quotes of all time:

The world is like a ride in an amusement park, and when you choose to go on it you think it’s real because that’s how powerful our minds are. The ride goes up and down, around and around, it has thrills and chills, and it’s very brightly colored, and it’s very loud, and it’s fun for a while. Many people have been on the ride a long time, and they begin to wonder, “Hey, is this real, or is this just a ride?” And other people have remembered, and they come back to us and say, “Hey, don’t worry; don’t be afraid, ever. Because this is just a ride.” And we…kill those people. “Shut him up! I’ve got a lot invested in this ride, shut him up! Look at my furrows of worry, look at my big bank account, and my family. This has to be real.” It’s just a ride. But we always kill the good guys who try and tell us that, you ever notice that? And let the demons run amok? But it doesn’t matter, because it’s just a ride. And we can change it any time we want. It’s only a choice. No effort, not work, no job, no savings of money. Just a simple choice, right now, between fear and love. The eyes of fear want you to put bigger locks on your doors, buy guns, close yourself off. The eyes of love instead see all of us as one. Here’s what we can do to change the world, right now, to a better ride. Take all that money we spend on weapons and defenses each year and instead spend it feeding and clothing and educating the poor of the world, which it would pay for many times over, not one human being excluded, and we could explore space, together, both inner and outer, forever, in peace.

– Bill Hicks, 1993

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One Comment

  1. Hello.
    I’m saku.It met in the Hiroshima airport.
    Was it able to enjoy Hiroshima?Moreover, it comes to play.


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