“To the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.”
Five years after the signing of this will, the Twentieth Century would begin. This century saw nothing close to the “holding and promotion of peace”. Fifty years after the signing, the world experienced the ultimate explosion: an atomic one. One bomb killed immediately over 80 thousand men, women, and children. Within days one more of these unique weapons exploded, killing another 40,000 thousand. Subsequent to the explosion of two bombs, thousands more people died from the lethal after-effects of nuclear weaponry.
The end of Twentieth Century, we saw children carrying, and using military weapons; killing other children and adults. This source of fighting power reinforces the brutality of war. Killing, rapine, abuse of human lives by young boys and girls drives humanity further from “fraternity”.
Beginning the Twenty-First Century, war captives are beheaded in public arenas. Man’s “best work” continues anew!