"It would be unthinkable to allow this morning to pass without mention of the savage and barbaric act of the Pakistani Taliban yesterday when they entered a school in Pakistan and slaughtered one hundred and thirty two children and nine members of staff simply because they were the children of their enemy and in the misguided notion of appearing as 'Islamic warriors.' My heart goes out to all the bereaved families whose future Christmas times of the year shall remain forever blighted in sad memory.
Whoever we are, wherever we come from and whatever circumstances we are born into, our past can weigh down heavy on us and we all have a load to bear as we travel through life. We cannot travel from one place to another under such circumstances without leaving our footprints of the road we have taken. No country in either east or west of the globe, whether it be denoted as 'civilised' or 'third world' exists without the presence of one person's life appearing to count for either more or less than that of another. No man or woman ever comes to each other without the encumbrance of some personal baggage, and there is no piece of china porcelain that has been handled so many times that remains flawless. It is impossible to give one man a child and another your heart and in time forget that either was ever a part of you just as it remains contrary to nature to be born under one flag and to give allegience to another.
Having been made in human form, we learn best through the mistakes we make and we love, hurt and feel most through the emotions we express. We are no more than mere carriers of life's experiences; mere donkeys travelling the road to our Jerusalem in the hope that we someday arrive." William Forde: December 17th, 2014.