Sunday, October 3, 2010
World war One did not officially end when the Armistice was signed (on November 11th, 1918) it ended when Germany repaid reparations it owed other nations. This just happened today, which in reality, officially ends World War 1!
To see an interesting video at the Cnn.com website entitled "The official end of World War 1, a century later, please click on the following link
"The payments were mandated as part of the Treaty of Versailles, which was signed in 1919 Emerging from these tense negotiations was a total demanded sum of 269 billion gold marks, approximately £23.6 billion or $32 billion (in 2010's economic climate, $389 billion). The payments rarely went smoothly until the last half of the 20th century; firstly, they became a major point of contention within Germany."
"After the Second World War came to an end, the payments were not resumed until they were rearranged as a culmination of the London Agreement in 1953. These adjustments meant that Germany would pay some selected parts of the remaining debt, serviceable up to 20 years after the two parts of the country became reunified."
"While the payments imposed after World War Two were cancelled in the 1950s, those from the First World War have endured everything from financial crises to fascist dictators to a countrywide split until today - when that era finally draws to its end."
The war to end all wars has officially ended! This situation certainly reinforces the idea that Politicians in our World need to find a better way to deal with and resolve conflicts, between nations!
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Thoughts worth thinking about
Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every woman and man present their views without penalty, there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population.- Albert Einstein Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. - Leo Buscaglia
A person's true wealth is the good he or she does in the world. - Mohammed
Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. -Albert Einstein
The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others. - Ghandi
The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves. - Helen Keller
Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make yourself a happier and more productive person. - Dr. David M. Burns
Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do other creatures. -His Holiness The Dalai Lama
Mankind's true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies deeply buried from view), consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect mankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it. -
Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being
The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That's the essence of inhumanity. -George Bernard Shaw
Ego's trick is to make us lose sight of our interdependence. That kind of ego-thought gives us a perfect justification to look out only for ourselves. But that is far from the truth. In reality we all depend on each other and we have to help each other. The husband has to help his wife, the wife has to help the husband, the mother has to help her children, and the children are supposed to help the parents too, whether they want to or not.-Gehlek Rinpoche Source: "The Best Buddhist Writing 2005 pg. 165
The hostile attitude of conquering nature ignores the basic interdependence of all things and events---that the world beyond the skin is actually an extension of our own bodies---and will end in destroying the very environment from which we emerge and upon which our whole life depends.