What's the matter?
Another city in Japan where you walk upon the ground where thousands of good people lost their lives to an atomic bomb.
It's a difficult scenario knowing the war had to end and that there were lots of innocent victims left all over the world. Yet today, I stood here healthy, happy and safe reading about the bomb's impact and rested peacefully on the ground where the implosion of radioactivity actually took place. Surreal. All just a matter of timing.
Nagasaki also has a strong Christian history of hundreds of years where Christians in hiding suffered persecutions and martyrdoms for years for their faith. Just a matter of misunderstanding and fear.
And then the bomb was dropped 3 days after Hiroshima at 11:02am August 9 th, 1945. This happened because the wind currents and cloud cover did not favour Kokura ( preferred city choice)becoming the target. A matter of weather.
Life can be fickle and its events cannot always be reasoned or planned by we the mere humans who inhabit the Earth. Each of us is placed at a certain time and a certain place with certain constraints or conditions to fulfil our destinies. We strive to do our best, to fulfil our life purpose but it is in the mere process of breathing and reaching out to others that we truly live. Holy grounds such as Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Fukushima, Chernobyl, New York World Trade Centre and Aushwitz where human loss has occurred through some sort of disaster bring to mind the frailty of the human condition, the power of nature and our capabilities to be unkind and cruel to each other. They also show our inbuilt need to continue living and our determination to learn from what we have done in the past and start again. A matter of survival.
It's all just a matter of being human.
1. The Statue of Peace, Nagasaki.
2. The Fountain of Peace in the shape of angel wings with the water below in the fountain base representing what the atomic bomb victims needed most before they died-water. There is no shortage of this for their souls here now.
3. A head from a statue of Our Lady found in the rubble of the Urakami Cathedral which was totally demolished when the bomb was dropped. It reminded me of the statue of Our Lady which was found in tact in the rubble of the Ypres Cathedral Belgium after it was demolished from bombs in the First World War.
In the parish of the Urakami Nagasaki, 8000 out of the 12000 parishioners of the Cathedral perished with the bomb or directly afterwards.