At 73, I have lived a fairly long time. I muse over some of the terrible things that have happened just in my lifetime. A war that killed 55 million civilians and military combatants; the use of nuclear weapons that destroyed whole cities; genocide by the Nazis; the Communist Chinese and Soviets killing millions of their citizens through force and starvation; a world where bloody conflict was taking place every day since the day I was born; the indiscriminate use of the death penalty in places like China and Iran and, to a lesser degree, the United States also; the massacre of innocents by governments and rebels in places like Rwanda and Bosnia; madmen who have had access to firearms killing children and other innocents; governmental and religious killings in the 21st century in Syria, Angola, Afghanistan, and other places; a wave of terrorism by religious fanatics, which led to the deaths of 3,000 innocent Americans on September 11, 2001; continued hatred among peoples of different colors.
In the sixties there was a song that had a line, “When will they ever learn….” Not in my lifetime. And now we have witnessed the birth of the future King, George VII, in England. With normal life expectancies, he will rule into the 22nd Century. By the end of his rule, I wonder if they still have never learned.