Opinion

OPINION: The obligation we owe our Diggers

THERE is so much uncertainty in the world at the moment.

The UK has called a snap election as the government struggles to unify parliament following the Brexit decision.

The US and Russia have started to throw their weight around over the appalling use of chemical weapons in Syria.

Trigger-happy North Korea continues nuclear weapons testing and our PM Malcolm Turnbull this week recognised the Asian regime's actions as a threat to our country.

Fear is spreading throughout the world.

Country borders are more closely monitored, or closed, as refugees desperate to escape ongoing conflicts flee their countries in search of peace.

It can become overwhelming and I often wonder what I can do in the face of such powerful and aggressive gestures from governments across the world.

Our national identity was forged in battle on the shore of Gallipoli during the First World War. About 17 million soldiers and civilians were killed in that war.

Of those, 60,000 were Australian soldiers.

To put that in perspective, the Gabba's capacity is 42,000.

And thousands upon tens of thousands of Aussie servicemen and women have been killed in conflict since.

We owe all those fallen soldiers an immeasurable debt for the peaceful time we have encountered in Australia.

And with the good fortune most of our generations have enjoyed comes a responsibility to spread peace rather than fear.

In the face of all the uncertainty in the world at the moment, we are all still able to do this.

 

Bugler Malcolm Wood at the Coolangatta/Tweed Anzac Day dawn service. 
Photo: Nolan Verheij-Full / Tweed Daily News
Bugler Malcolm Wood at the Coolangatta/Tweed Anzac Day dawn service. Photo: Nolan Verheij-Full / Tweed Daily News Nolan Verheij-Full

Try giving a stranger a smile at the supermarket or buying someone a cup of coffee, or letting someone cut into line if they look busy and cannot wait.

And if you have made an enemy, understand the strength of silence.

You don't have to be their best friend, but there is no need to spread ill will publicly or engage in malicious acts against them.

Or, give forgiveness a go (this is something I struggle with, often).

It is so much harder to live a peaceful life than one filled with fear and anger. And some days I do it better than other days, as I'm sure you do too.

But we have to try.

We owe our Diggers that, at the very least.

Generosity ripples out.

Who knows the effect you may have on a wider scale just by a single act of peace?

Topics:  editors picks


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Families land new home but some want to stay on

MOVING ON: Johns Landing permanent residents Snow and Wazza are still looking to relocate somewhere.

Johns Landing resettling in full swing

Council on same page for marriage

EQULITY VOTE: Cr Glasgow who moved motion with LGBTI supporters following the council's marriage equality decision.

Noosa Council votes for equality

Local Partners

How many triangles are in this picture?

The simple illustration has been shared thousands of times on Facebook after leaving viewers scratching their heads.

VIDEO: The 'Disco Boob' trend at Splendour

Rachael Millen, of Newcastle, sporting the fashionable chest peace of glitter at Splendour in the Grass 2017 near Byron Bay.

VIDEO: Festival organisers forced to clarify policy on nudity.

Bieber quit tour to set up his own church?

Justin Bieber on stage during his concert at ANZ Stadium in Homebush.

Bieber is calling it quits on the rest of his Purpose World Tour

Bachelor hopeful ‘didn’t realise how naked she was’

The Bachelor Australia‘s Leah

Her dress was certainly daring, but she wasn't aware by just how much

Phelps shredded over shark race fiasco

"Phelps vs. Shark: Great Gold vs. Great White," with Phelps testing his speed against that of a great white shark.

People are genuinely upset at the way the race was run

Film boss marvels at Sunshine State

FOR REVIEW AND PREVIEW PURPOSES ONLY. Mark Ruffalo and Chris Hemsworth in a scene from the movie Thor: Ragnarok. Supplied by Marvel.

Thor: Ragnarok success may mean more Marvel movies for Queensland.

ABC's Q&A: Should 16-year-olds be allowed to vote?

Opposition Health Minister Catherine King on the Q & A panel, left, and right, Minister for the Environment and Energy Josh Frydenberg.

But there was one thing the students weren't discussing.

TENANTS FROM HELL: See the mess left by evicted couple

DISGUSTING: Mess left by evicted tenants. Owner of the Mongogarie property Christine Beatty has been left at least $5000 out of pocket.

Couple were 'living large' while not paying their rent

How Gladstone's cheapest and most expensive homes stack up

SPECTACULAR: This home on Springs Road, Agnes Water, is selling in the mid-$2 million range.

With the market currently low, now is the time to invest.

'We’re goin' to Bonnie Doon!' and now you can too

How's the serenity?

The experience will have you exclaiming “how’s the serenity?”

New life for Bree and historic Oddfellows Hall

TWO CHANGES: Bree Dahl with her new baby Ivy in front of the historic Oddfellows Hall she purchased at auction and will renovate into a house.

Historic hall to be turned into home

Financial scandal destroys alternative community

Families who gave thousands to be a part of an alternative community at Mt Burrell, west of Murwillumbah, are now trying to recover their investment. Picture: Jamie Hanson

Dream Utopia turns into a nightmare

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!