I Saw A Statue once and I started thinking...

Food For Thought - Let me tell you a story... When I used to work as a copier technician for Konica Minolta in Massachusetts, I was always intrigued by this statue located in the corner of Washington Street and Nahatan Street in Norwood Massachusetts.


statue in Norwood square, Norwood MA

Every time I drove by, I saw a statue of a man and his wife holding a baby; it was peaking high above the bushes and it looked so peaceful.

Most of the time, this is the picture I saw and I didn't pay much attention to it.

One day I parked my car right in that corner and I noticed something I didn't know was there...

Hiding behind the bushes at the pedestal of the statue were 3 soldiers fully armed and I immediately understood why this family felt so safe and secure and I started asking myself what was the true meaning of this monument?

Here is what the whole statue/monument actually looks like

Up until this day, I am still trying to understand the full meaning of this monument.

  • Can there be peace without war?
  • Can you really feel safe when you know that no one is looking out for you?
  • Do you feel safe when you know that no one is watching your back?
  • Why do some people risk their lives to protect their fellow countrymen?
  • What happens to a society when these brave men disappear?

Then I start thinking about Haiti...

Are you thinking what I am thinking?

Giuseppe Mazzini, an Italian writer once said:

"Without country you have neither name, token, voice, nor rights, no admission as brothers into the fellowship of the Peoples. You are the bastards of Humanity. Soldiers without a banner, Israelites among the nations, you will find neither faith nor protection; none will be sureties for you. Do not beguile yourselves with the hope of emancipation from unjust social conditions if you do not first conquer a Country for yourselves."

I don't know what this will mean to you; It's just one of the crazy things I think about sometimes.

Just a thought....

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Ernest Jean Rene says...

Verry deep thought!!! You're right.Thanks, thanks and

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Clnmike says...

The only thing this reminds me of is the fact that Haiti does not have a military.

It most definitely does not bring thoughts of the United States as our

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Isaac says...

Good Job Keep it up the world needs more people like u God

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Marie says...

Woodring, I thought about what you said and I had a perspective and it may be another Food for though: I am Haitian but raise in America most of my life, but at the same time I love my people and feel very passionate about Haitian culture to the core. I always wish that Haiti was protected, thought we don't fight the kind of wars westernized countries fight but yet you and I both know we've probably fought the ugliest wars in history; it is the war to stay alive, we are lacking the basic necessities of life: food, security and shelter.

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Josy says...

"You are the luckiest female if you live in the USA." Oprah Winfrey.

I agreed with her then, and more everyday of my life.
I just saw this movie 'THE STONING OF SORAYA M.", and I recommend it to everybody particularly the women.

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Michoue says...

The comments makes sense when we think of them on man kind basis.

But if the Human race were to rely on the creator-God the one and only, none of this nonsense war would be needed.

We rely too much on our own understanding that's why we're

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Richelet Etienne says...

MAN...

U AIN'T LEFT NONE 2 ME 2 SAY. U SAYS EVERYTHING.

& SINCERELY BRO, U 100% RIGHT.

SO IS NOT LIKE I AIN'T GOT NOTHING ELSE 2 SAY..

BUT WHAT I MEAN IS: UR COMMENT MAKES 2 MUCH SENSE 4 ME 2 SAY ANYTHING 4 NOW. GOD BLESS GUYS, HAPPY

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Miggy says...

thanks woody,

This does makes sense.

To be able to live the kind of life so peaceful in America like this that is so different from our native country takes a lot of sacrifice from the men and women in America.

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