When a friend of mine returned from an 18 month Erasmus program at The University of Bucharest in Romania, the country’s image took a battering in my mind from the stories he returned laden with. Hospitals randomly bolted shut with planks of wood smack bang in the middle of the day, to patients in other hospitals inexplicably bandaged from head to toe like mummies. The most notable however, being the story of his university classmate (notorious amongst friends for his snakeskin cowboy boots) offering him his sister as a token of appreciation for helping him in an English translation project. My interest in this country of Southeast Europe was peaked.
World War Two and the events that transpired between the years of 1939-1945 have been the subject of fascination for people around the world for more than seven decades now . Whether researching recreationally, or for otherwise prescribed school or university work… everyone, everywhere, knows a thing or two about the gruesome and grisly history that has pervaded the world and still has an impact today. I can’t help but wonder however, how it is possible that humans have changed so much in the last seventy-three years? Would these 18-year-old, social media addicted man-children that I see scrambling mindlessly onto public transport each day be able to fly planes, lead navy missions…. and strategize to ultimately save the life of millions…all in the name of defending their country? How did humans change so much? And is it a good thing?