I have been reflecting on these two concepts lately, in light of the experience I had three days ago at the National Air & Space Museum in Chantilly, Virginia.
What does Truth mean?
And how does it complement, or possibly dance with, Peace?
For the benefit of an evolving humanity.
The impact of our visit to the museum was palpable; it generated a fresh groove in me, at a deeper level.
It is not the first time we visit this museum as a family yet we haven’t strolled amidst those planes and rockets for two years. On Wednesday, I gave our son a choice between a walk in the forest and the museum. He embraced the latter.
What makes the museum so peculiar is that it hosts the B-29 Superfortress that carried and dropped the Little Boy atomic bomb over Hiroshima, Japan, on August 6, 1945. I know well about the presence of the plane near our dwelling and believe that our landing in this area of northern Virginia three years ago has something to do with it. Along with the memory, on the other side of route 50, of the Ox Hill Civil War battlefield where general Philip Kearny lost his life on September 1, 1862.
These two instances of war are distant of each other by a mere eighty-three years and, geographically, seven and a half miles.
As one of our participants in our Thursday gatherings noted, it is surprising that such an artifact of destruction would be displayed ‘proudly’ as a sign of victory and domination over an enemy nation. A nation that is now considered an ally of the US.
Obviously, debates have raged and the consciousness that decided to position this metallic bird in the Chantilly museum has been challenged.
“In the 1980s, veterans groups engaged in a call for the Smithsonian to put the aircraft on display, leading to an acrimonious debate about exhibiting the aircraft without a proper historical context. The cockpit and nose section of the aircraft were exhibited at the National Air and Space Museum (NASM) on the National Mall, for the bombing’s 50th anniversary in 1995, amid controversy. Since 2003, the entire restored B-29 has been on display at NASM’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. The last survivor of its crew, Theodore Van Kirk, died on 28 July 2014 at the age of 93.”
Perhaps the consciousness that was valid 20 years ago no longer is.
Which brings me to the consideration of Truth and Peace.
When humanity evolves, and consciousness changes, the way it has since the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May of 2020, sending a wakeup call around the world, is it for the sake of Truth, or for the sake of Peace?
Or for the sake of both?
We cannot change the past and all its errors—the past has value that we can hardly comprehend with our limited intelligence—yet we can move further into the future by creating deeper opportunities for Peace and human communion.
As we are about to burst open into a fresh 365-days period, I will leave this important question on the cusp on my consciousness.
Who knows what kind of answers will flourish by May 25th, the anniversary date of George Floyd’s physical disappearance from this world?
Let’s usher into 2023, dear Ones. with much Peace and a generous amount of Truth.