Learning From Others
There is something I have observed as I have grown, and that is, if we value our own lives and generations after us, we must learn from others to better our future. There are many things from which we can learn throughout our lives. In particular, we can learn from the past, present, and our future generations.
In the past we have had many horrific tragedies including the Holocaust which occurred during World War II in 1945, and the bombing of Hiroshima in 1945. The pain and suffering that the Jewish people had to endure while they were in concentration camps during the Holocaust was immeasurable. They were included in experimental drug testing which had life threatening effects. They had to go through the pain of being separated from their family members and friends. Also, nobody can possibly forget about the Nazi gas chambers which killed millions upon millions of innocent Jewish people. The bombing of Hiroshima was also another terrible tragedy. We can learn from the pain which the people in Hiroshima had to endure. There is not one humane reason why these people had to be bombed with a nuclear device. The only reason America bombed Hiroshima was because Japan attacked Pearl Harbour. It was not self-defence. It was a chain reaction. We, the world as a whole, must never bomb each other with nuclear weapons again. The nuclear weapons we have today are much stronger than the ones used way back in 1945. If this did happen, the result could be the destruction of the entire planet. We are not stupid enough to do that, or are we? Some of us must have learned something from those two mistakes. If nobody did learn anything, then you will be taught right now: We must rethink and reconsider how our actions will affect others, before we carry them out. We must do this with deep thought and concern. If we do this, we can strive to work together for a future which excludes torture, discrimination, and nuclear weapons.
The one thing we can relate most to during present times is our contemporaries. People of the same age can better understand each other because they go through the same things, often at the same time. One of the best examples would be teenagers. They go through so many of the same problems including drinking, smoking, doing drugs, peer pressure, and relationship problems. Speaking from a teenagers perspective, there is one particular incident which comes to mind. I have a friend who drinks a lot, to be more exact, he drinks excessively. We were at a party on a Saturday night. Everybody had been drinking. As the party was coming to an end, I noticed my friend get into the passenger seat of his car. I went over to ask him who was driving. He told me not to worry because a sober friend of his was going to drive him home. I had seen the person he named about a half hour before this and that person was sober, so I felt reassured. However, the next day I learned that my friend was involved in a car accident. It turned out that the person driving my friend home had taken some illegal drugs. This had caused the person to have a slower reaction time and he made a left turn right into an oncoming truck. My friend was crushed by the passenger door. He was killed instantly. I learned a valuable lesson from my friends death. You must never trust the judgement of someone who has been drinking. I should have taken the responsibility of sending him home in a cab. Hopefully, with our future technology we can create a device to put into cars which tests the drug and alcohol levels of the drivers blood before the car ignition is able to start. This would prevent the injuries and deaths caused by drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol. It would save many lives.
Lastly, we can all learn a lot from children. In a way, they are our future generations. They have such an innocence which surrounds them compared to elderly people who have had more