Cruelty and Hardship

Cruelty is all out of ignorance. If you knew what was in store for you, you wouldn’t hurt anybody, because whatever you do comes back much more forceful than you send it out.

Willie Nelson

Humans can be so cruel. Cruel to the point that they don’t seem like humans anymore. I didn’t know how cruel humans could be until I got to the history of WWI and WWII. I didn’t understand the hardship that mankind had to face before I learned about WWI and WWII. WWI was really bad. The soldiers had to fight in trenches for months and maybe even years. They ate there, fought there and lived there. They would wake up with the fear that they might die or be bombed. They watched their friends die and had to live with the stench of rotting bodies. They had to stay in the trench, fighting while it was sunny, windy, raining, and snowing. They suffered severe diseases that physically disabled them. Through all this no one asked them if they wanted to fight. They were just sent to fight in different sections of the world just because their ally was fighting. They were separated from their friends and families back home to go and fight, suffer and die for their country.

WWII was even worse! Hitler and Stalin’s reign showed how cruel people could actually be. When I tell people that Hitler was cruel, they say that he was a genius. Well a genius or not, he was still cruel. He persecuted people just because they didn’t have blond hair and blue eyes. I understand that he wanted to unify all German people, but he could have at least sent the other people to their own countries. He didn’t just persecute them, though. He got them put in concentration camps. He took them and starved, tortured and killed them. He was one of the cruelest people I have ever heard of. No one should have to face such kind of cruelty. These people lost their lives just because they didn’t have blond hair and blue eyes. It wasn’t like they had a choice! The most ironic part about all this is that Hitler didn’t have blond hair and blue eyes. He wasn’t even German; he was Austrian. Stalin killed millions of people too, more than Hitler did. When people couldn’t reach his expectations, he killed them. When he felt like they were exceeding expectations, he killed them. He was really paranoid; he even killed his own bodyguards! To top it all off the US bombed Japan. I understand that they had no other choice, but sill. The people of this generation still suffer from the radiation of the bomb.

You might say that this was in the past, but what about the things that are going on now. What about the wars that are breaking out all over the world. Take Syria for example. It was such a peaceful and wonderful country but look at it now. Its people are having to suffer just because the president doesn’t want to give up his power. War occurs because of selfishness. The Cold War was all about spreading my ideology and containing the others. It was all about me. If we learned to put other’s needs first and put ourselves in other people’s place, we would find peace.