by: Juno Mendiola, Springdale, Maryland
Am I not destroying my enemies when I make FRIENDS of them? one of compassion.
quote by: Abraham Lincoln, (February 12, 1809 - April 15, 1865) 16th President of the United States
My piece interprets the theme through accepting our history and learning from it. The past should never be hidden or skewed in order to look at it objectively and to learn from our mistakes. I included children because they are open-minded. A child clearly sees that someone may look different but, unless they are taught otherwise, the fact is simply accepted and does not dictate how the child treats someone. As we grow older we become more defensive and use our differences to separate us instead of using them as a tool for education.
We can always hope for a time when the lessons will be understood, childhood will be regained, war will only be a word on a textbook page, and we call play when it’s over.