Questions & Answers with the Dean of Truro, The Very Rev'd Roger Bush
1. Why is it important to mark these anniversaries of WW1? Why should people nowadays care about what happened 100 years ago?
- Because the impact of the First World War changed society for ever. If we ever lose touch with history then we are in danger of allowing it to repeat itself.
2. What lessons can it teach us about the way we live our lives today?
- About how easy it is to get locked into alliances that end up opposing each other when push comes to shove. About the wonderful and courageous acts of humanity that took place during the War. About the need never to give up hope.
3. Why is Truro Cathedral marking the centenary through the 'arts' (music, poetry, worship?, film, lecture, education)? What do we experience through the 'arts' that makes it appropriate for this anniversary?
- Arts is such a lose description of these events. We are stimulated in many different ways, and our programme addressed the mind and the heart in equal measure – our emotions will be moved and our thinking will be broadened and deepened.
4. How does an arts programme commemorate the dead of WW1?
- By presenting different perspectives on the War and its meaning.
5. What are the reasons for the War? Why did all these people die because of it?
- We are still asking those questions, and historians and artists are still trying to provide answers, validly so.
6. Roger, do you have any family WW1 connections that you know of?
- My mother's father died on the way back from Serbia in a troop ship in 1915. My mother was just a few months old.
7. What are you most looking forward to in the commemorations?
- The chance to see such a concentrated and varied series of talks, events and concerts exploring this important anniversary.
8. What do you think war teaches us as individuals, as communities?
- How, in the end, we need each other, that fighting is never going to resolve anything. That said, war is a great catalyst for change – and women, for instance, might not have had the vote in 1918 if it were not for then part they played in factories and elsewhere during the War. I am not saying war is a good thing, but it does challenge old suppositions that perhaps need challenging.