1914-12-24 Saint-Yves, Belgium / Live and let Live / Leben und leben Lassen / Viver e deixar Viver / Vivir y dejar vivir

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To live and let live, you must change the way you see the World. You need the lens of Love, kindness, empathy and compassion. Embrace the differences between you and other people.

Maybe they do not see what you see. Maybe they do not want the same things as you. Maybe they have a different life philosophy and values in life.

It is not about whether you are right or wrong. It is about how you see the World.

Your perception becomes your reality. If you want others to stop judging you, then stop judging others first. The cure of judgment is observation,
meditation and mindfulness.

Love is the absence of judgment.

Live and let live is the spontaneous rise of non-aggressive co-operative behaviour that developed during the First World War, particularly during prolonged periods of trench warfare on the Western Front. Perhaps one of the most famous examples of this is the Christmas Truce of 1914.

Roughly 100,000 British and German troops were involved in the unofficial cessations of hostility along the Western Front. The first truce started on Christmas Eve 1914, when German troops decorated the area around their trenches in the region of Saint-Yves, Belgium.

The Germans placed candles on their trenches and on Christmas trees, then continued the celebration by singing Christmas carols.

The British responded by singing carols of their own. The two sides continued by shouting Christmas greetings to each other.

Soon thereafter, there were excursions across No Man’s Land, where small gifts were exchanged, such as food, tobacco and alcohol, and souvenirs such as buttons and hats.

The artillery in the region fell silent. The truce also allowed a breathing spell where recently killed soldiers could be brought back behind their lines by burial parties. Joint services were held. In many sectors, the truce lasted through Christmas night, continuing until New Year’s Day in others.

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