Monthly Archives: December 2012

The Holiday Season

snowmanWhile approaching a threshold of a Brand New Year I wonder which one of the world’s expectations will fail first.

I don’t want to be a skeptic here, but history tells me that people in general don’t like a change they’d rather be a part of a vicious cycle, at least it brings them routine. Christmas will bring all kinds of presents, most of which will be later exchanged or returned to stores. Some will share laughter and joy, but unfortunately many will be left unnoticed in their own anguish.

Wars and conflicts, where millions of people die in this world, it is something so hard to grasp. It is beyond reasonable comprehension. Many of the tribulations will never cease, because only few will stand up for the innocents and that’s just not enough to stop the atrocities.

What can we do, so this world will have a chance to become a place of joy for everyone?

Respect and validation have to become an emblem of our human race.  We are surrounded with an overwhelming amount of information and disinformation as well. In order to embrace true values such as human dignity we have to be honest about what is crucial in our believe system. We need to have a moral core, regardless of our religion or set of opinions. We cannot let our opinions dishevel someone else point of view just because it will makes us feel better, because it might make us feel like a winners.

Let’s indulge in Fiodor Dostoyevsky’s words of wisdom from one of his masterpieces, Brother’s Karamazov.

“A man who lies to himself, and believes his own lies, becomes unable to recognize truth, either in himself or in anyone else, and he ends up losing respect for himself and for others. When he has no respect for anyone, he can no longer love, and in him, he yields to his impulses, indulges in the lowest form of pleasure, and behaves in the end like an animal in satisfying his vices. And it all comes from lying–to others and to yourself.”

So what have we learnt in preparation for This Special Holiday season? Are we going to indulge in our pleasures or are we willing to look around and find those who are less fortunate and reach out to them with our talents, kind words and whatever else that will enable them to feel human again. I wonder when empathy will finally be embraced as a sign of strength not a pity.

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History repeats itself

uncertainty After so many atrocities that happened over and over, I always wonder why history repeats itself.  Is it lack of knowledge about historic facts? Is it simple ignorance? Or is it indifference? The last one gives me some shivers. People thought that events of genocide that occurred during World War II will never happen again. Unfortunately genocide is still present all around the world. Does it mean we didn’t learn anything from the past horrific events and millions of innocent people died in vain?

Hitler built concentration camps where people died not for what they done, but for who they were. They were minorities: Jews, Gypsies, Armenians, Polish, homosexuals, basically those who where voiceless. Essentially they were the easy prey, because once you make them as a vigilante it is easier to ridicule, hate and what follows it… kill. While Hitler use gas chambers, Stalin chose famine and exhausting work, where people in order not to participate in horrific job tasks  would rather chop off their own hands.

I wonder, If people remember those crimes. How is it possible that ethnic cleansing is still happening around the world? I can’t comprehend that. It is so overwhelming. Will it ever stop? When comes the time where someone’s opinion, religious point of view or ambition would mean less than someones well being.

When we pull away a layer of religion, opinions or political views we can finally find pure humanity.

If anyone is interested in the topic of genocide, I would recommend them two books, both winners of Pulitzer prize: Samantha Power: A problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide, Anna Applebaum: Gulag.

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