amid the horrors of World War 1, there occured a unique truce when, for a few hours, enemies behaved like brothers.
Christmas Eve in 1914 was all quiet on France’s Western Front, from the English Channel to the Swiss Alps. Trenchese came within 50 miles from Paris. The war was only five months old, and approximatley 800,000 men had been wounded or killed. Every soldier wondered whether Christmas Day would bring another round of fighting and killing, But something happened: British soldiers raised “Merry Christmas” signs, and soon carols were heard from German and British trenches alike.
Christmas dawned with unarmed soldiers leaving their trenches, as officers of bote sides tried unsucssesfully to stop their troops from meeting the enemy in the middle of no-man’s land for songs and conversation. Exchanging small gifts- mostly sweets and cigars - they passed Christmas Day peacefully along miles of the front. At one spot, the British played football with the Germans, who won 3-2.
In some places, the spontanious truce continued the next day, neither side willing to fire the first shot. Finally the war resumed when fresh troops arrived, and the high command of both armies ordered that further “informal understandings” with the enemy would be punishable as treason!
Writing team - Irving Wallace, David Wallichinsky & Amy Wallace - “Significa” column - Parade magazine.
"The above is another one of those small, but noteworthy, episodes revealing that human beings do not seem to be naturally prone to war. Given the chance, they will lay down their arms and engage in far more constructive and lighthearted pursuits."
-William Bramley - The Gods of Eden
the religion of future will be a cosmic religion. it should transcend a personal god and avoid dogmas and theology. covering both the natural and the spiritual, it should be based on a religious sense arising from the experience of all things, natural and spiritual as a meaningful unity.