A huge question mark

Dorothy Searle reflects on history, remembrance and legacy.

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1916 was one of the bloodiest years of the first world war, with two major battles of attrition: Verdun and the Somme.

We all see things from our own point of view and that point of view will reflect, among other things, our character, our experience, our upbringing and our culture. In any society with its own culture, that culture, and its vested interests, may well be the strongest influence and ensure that most people have at least similar points of view. This is all very well when it leads to tolerance, understanding and farsightedness, but insularity, dogmatism and concentration on the immediate future are, unfortunately, much more common.

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