Just finished reading “Night.” I found this passage very moving.
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I read Night when I was 13. And like most 13 year-old girls, I found the book boring. I thought, “Ugh, so depressing…What’s he talking about? I can only visualize the dark of the night and wire fences…” But then as I grew up, I began to understand this world that we’re living in. It began to make sense to me that as surreal as it sounds, it was real. The world is both familiar and strange. We are living in between ironies and paradoxes.
I have this thing about the Holocaust. I actually cried because of it. Maybe I was once a Jew…I don’t know. Anyway, yeah. I’m really sorry for your losses, Mr. Wiesel. I’m really glad you survived. Thank you for reminding the world of what it truly needs: PEACE. Which I think it not too possible…or at least, not as long as humans are individuals…Anyway.
The Holocaust was a disgrace to humanity, a destroyer of civilization. But it wasn’t just the Holocaust. Look around you. The riots, the killings, the rapes, the traffickings, the everything. History repeats itself, always have and always will. The names and faces may change, but the story never really changes, ever they? This is just how the world works.
And unfortunately, for now, that’s all I have to say about that. I’m not gonna be one of those people who say “I will change the world” and whatnots without really knowing or/and meaning what they’re saying. Because honestly and humbly speaking, I’m just a 19 year-old girl next door who’s still trying to grasp a good understanding of the world she lives in. Maybe one day she’ll have a thought about doing something about it. Who knows what the tide could bring? :)