WPC: In Victory and In Defeat

Victory has a thousand fathers, but defeat is an orphan.–John F. Kennedy

I join the millions of people who are deeply saddened about the attacks in Paris this weekend, which have thrust the world once again into another war.  The capacity of human beings for irrational brutality and unthinkable savagery never ceases to astound us all.   But at this turning point in history, we must also remember that humankind is capable of great goodness.  It is our time to take action, to work towards peace. In a recent interview with the Dalai Lama, he was quoted as saying:    “We cannot solve this problem only through prayers. I am a Buddhist and I believe in praying. But humans have created this problem and now we are asking God to solve it. It is illogical….Let us work for peace and not expect help from God, Buddha and the governments.”

Ironically, our photo challenge this week focuses on victory, but given the events of the past few days, I selected photos which remind us of the high price of warfare–for both the victors as well as the defeated.

Gravesites at Normandy, France

Graves at Normandy, France.  Shot with a Nikon Coolpix.

The next two images were taken at the Heard Museum: American Indian Arts and History in Phoenix, Arizona.  These wonderful sculptures highlight the pride and dignity of the Native American people, who were defeated after decades of war.

We used to root for the Indians against the cavalry, because we didn’t think it was fair in the history books that when the cavalry won it was a great victory, and when the Indians won it was a massacre.~Dick Gregory

Brave. Museum of the Native American. Phoenix, AZ. Shot with a Canon 40D.

The Heard Museum. Phoenix, AZ. Shot with a Canon 40D.

Native Victory. Museum of the American Indian. Phoenix, Arizona. Shot with a Canon 40D.

I hope we all can bring a little light and happiness into the world this week.  No doubt we all need some.

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