This piece of music has come to encapsulate everything I feel about World War 2. That's strange in itself because, I have absolutely no idea what I feel about it. But I do feel, to the point where I just want to cry.
Over sixty million people were killed, which was over 2.5% of the world population, can you imagine? Just think of all the wonderful people you've never met, because they were never born, because of this devastating war.
In school we were taught in a simple way: England were victors, Nazis were bad, and Europe saw lots of fighting.
But there's so much more to it.
Like, my Grandparents. The role they played. Heroes to me in every sense of the word.
But there were heroes on the other side, too. That's what I realise whenever I see a war film now. I've lost the sense of "Hey, we won!" and am left thinking, holy shit, a huge chunk of humanity was wiped off the face of the Earth.
War still rages. Genocide exists. And you realise as you get older that who you think are the good guys are very rarely the good guys.
And I don't even know what I'm saying.
I just know that this piece of music captures how I feel about war. Sadness, and heroism, and senselessness, and mourning. And so many other things.
This piece makes me think of people I know. People I knew. People I never came across. The billions of humans who were effected by this giant tragedy of a war, and its repercussions that still play out in the world today.
But there is something beautiful about this piece of music. And there's something beautiful about remembering all those who came before us. The angels who fought for good, and those who perished because of evil ideas.
It's crucial we remember. It's crucial we feel. It's crucial we love.