Lest We Forget...the medium is the message!

Last Update: November 08, 2014

Remembrance Day on 11th November is coming up and I think that Great Britain has come up with a truly remarkable and authentically effective way to commemorate it!

I believe they have brought about a massive change in attitude of a global audienceby using modern photographic and video technology to communicate a message in a new and innovative way in the spirit of Marshall McLuhan.


This comes about through the medium of delivering a message incorporating a dramatic change in perspective thereby creating an authentic emotional connection which has a powerful impact on the audience. Many, if not all, visitors to the Tower (some two million at last count) will go away with a compelling and enduring appreciation of the dreadful cost of warfare in terms of human lives, never mind its sheer absurdity and insanity.......they will never forget!

I am not ashamed to admit that the videos and pics stunned me, and brought about a catch in my throat followed by a copious flow of tears, having a far more dramatic impact than the plaques on a stone memorial or the endless cemetery landscapes of thousands of white crosses!


The sheer vast scale of the Tower of London with what looks like its moat filled with blood took on a new and moving perspective when I read that it was filled with 888,246 porcelain, hand painted poppies to represent each of the British soldiers killed in the Great War!

At last I think we will begin to truly learn from the lessons of the past! An event like this imparts new meaning to the concept of commemoration as well as the ushering in of a new global consciousness. There is hope for us yet!

Watch these videos:

http://goo.gl/m63HKm

http://goo.gl/SqSk0l

Regards to all,

~Arthur

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mrpeter Premium
Isn't it amazing Arthur. I cried.
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WillingToTry Premium
This has a very powerful impact Peter, you have nothing to worry about, your emotions are perfectly normal!.....its just that the sheer enormity of the issue becomes very real and overwhelming ...something has to give!
Thanks for your input!
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Lemark Premium
May I use a quote from Breakfast of Champions by late and great Kurt Vonnegut Jr.:
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I will come to a time in my backwards trip when November eleventh, accidentally my birthday, was a sacred day called Armistice Day.

When I was a boy, and when Dwayne Hoover was a boy, all the people of all the nations which had fought in the First World War were silent during the eleventh minute of the eleventh hour of Armistice Day, which was the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

It was during that minute in nineteen hundred and eighteen, that millions upon millions of human beings stopped butchering one another.

I have talked to old men who were on battlefields during that minute. They have told me in one way or another that the sudden silence was the Voice of God. So we still have among us some men who can remember when God spoke clearly to mankind.
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Source: http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Kurt_Vonnegut
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WillingToTry Premium
Great quote Ervin, thank you!

I love his sci-fi writing and was surprised to discover that he was a pacifist as well, thanks for quoting the link.
I also love this quote of his which resonates deeply with me!

"I believe that reading and writing are the most nourishing forms of meditation anyone has so far found. By reading the writings of the most interesting minds in history, we meditate with our own minds and theirs as well. This to me is a miracle."
I wish I had said that! :-)
Amen!

Kind regards
~Arthur
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Lemark Premium
Amen indeed. Kurt is my favourite author.

I took myself a liberty to make a post out of his quote at Persona Paper: http://www.personapaper.com/article/14611-what-will-you-do-on-november-11th-at-1111-am
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skc Premium
True...I don't think this "loving god" meant for us to be like this at all!
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WillingToTry Premium
Impressive Ervin,
Thank you very much, its good to know you, I will look at Persona Paper more closely later...I like what I see! :-)
~Arthur
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Lemark Premium
Thank you. It is still very young. But promising and transparent and sincere. The level of the content written and published there is much higher as with some other sites.

And it is good to know you :)
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WillingToTry Premium
Thanks Ervin,
Is this your own handiwork...I would love to hear more about it! :)
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Lemark Premium
Are you asking if PP is my work? I am flattered but no :) I discovered it after the troubles on some other site :)

It is an excellent poligon to hon your writing skills. You know - as Kurt has said - a form of meditation...
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Maxiam59 Premium
we should never forget what the effects of war can cause to the ones left behind all the best
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WillingToTry Premium
Hi Max,
Thank you for that most cogent reminder...keep well and enjoy the weekend!
Kind regards
~Arthur
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skc Premium
Excellent post Arthur. I must say I noticed some of this on Facebook and would never have noticed otherwise without this social media.

Having lost numerous family members, and friends going way back to the Boer War and including WW1 & WW2, and recent local wars, I can truly relate to this mindless sacrifice, in the name of mans stupid, greedy and fearful ego!

Thanks for the links to the videos. Will take a look when I get a gap.
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WillingToTry Premium
Thanks for this very insightful comment Shawn, again you speak with the authentic voice of experience... ciao for now!
~Arthur
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kennnyb Premium
Enjoyed the video
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WillingToTry Premium
Hi Ken,
Thank you for your comment and just to let you know Ive fixed the second video link...sorry the gremlins got into the works again!
Kind regards
~Arthur
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