One of the entities we pride ourselves with most here at MGcircles is our genuine desire to spread love. Whether it’s through our positively driven reviews or Heartening Inspiration posts, kindness and love are what matter most to us. As Armenians, our culture, faith, and history are incredibly significant to us and our loved ones. In 1915 our ancestors faced horrors we can’t even begin to fathom and today marks the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.
The Pope’s recent statement has made history. It’s made our wounds ache a little less because the choice to recognize the mass killings of the Armenians as a genocide showcases great strength, kindness, and justice. (source) As Barrister Geoffrey Robertson has recently stated – “Genocide denial can have a double impact. Survivors of genocide, and their children and grandchildren, feel the worthlessness in contempt and inferiority that the initial perpetrators intended and it incites admiration to those perpetrators and a dangerous desire to emulate them.” (source) We’d like to encourage you all to watch the video for it also features Amal Clooney’s eloquent thoughts on the massacres as well. Additionally, we’ve been finding inspiration at https://100lives.com/en/ – a site where awareness is spread wonderfully.
It’s baffling that there’s no recognition because the definition forgenocide clearly states that it’s “the deliberate killing of a large group of people, especially those of a particular ethnic group or nation.” 1.5 million isn’t a small number. A few years later innocent Jewish people were victims of a genocide during the Holocaust followed by Darfur, Rwanda, Cambodia, Bosnia, and more. In order to feel absolute peace, spreading love through recognition and awareness is everything. Today’s generation isn’t to blame for what’s occurred in the past. There is no room for hate in our hearts because that isn’t the example we want to set for the world – equality matters a great deal to us and because we’re constantly preaching kindness, we’d love if it was shown back. And the only way kindness can be shown is through the simple recognition. The choice to justifiably accept the mass murders were a genocide.
There is proof, there are photos, there are thousands of survivors who have shared their stories – who’ve had to relive horrible memories every day. There are people who have seen their kids, parents, relatives killed right in front of them. There were pregnant women who were stabbed in the stomach, bodies of children piled on top of each other, parents burying their kids. And after all of this, many people deny the cruel acts that’ve taken place 1915. The only way to stop further inhumane tragedies, is to speak out about the ones that have happened in the past.
Today we must commemorate the deaths of 1.5 million Armenians, Greeks, and Assyrians and we must grieve with the families who have lost loved ones by this event. It’s up to our generation to see the wrongs that have occurred in the past. It is up to us to make this world a peaceful place to live, so that nobody has to carry hate in their hearts. Although these lives will never be brought back, maybe this way, by acknowledging the Armenian Genocide, we can console those who live with heartache every day.
– MGcircles Founders