Thoughts Night by Elie Wiesel, Hill and Wang – a division of Farrar Straus and Giroux 2006 (orig pub 1958)/translated from French by Marion Wiesel, 120 pages. Includes Wiesel’s Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech.
As I sit here trying to figure out what words would best be committed to this post for what I feel now that I’ve completed the book Night, I glance at the photo in my blog banner header.
It’s of chimneys.
I shudder. My photo has sunshine (and is certainly not of a crematorium), but I don’t recall ever sensing sunshine during Weisel’s time in Germany in 1944/45. All I can see is darkness; shades of gray, and cold cold snow.
So, that’s it. I try to isolate my feelings but there is a hole of despair and only questions of how people could treat other people like that. Knowledge that such atrocities – yet different, maybe not – still happen on our planet. Hope that we can be so much better than that.
I want to believe in the goodness of people. Kindness, respect and compassion. BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD. Smile, be kind, eyes open, connect, care.
If you are curious about the banner shot and I suppose I best include it here in the body of this post for future reference and non-ambiguity, it is of the Unitarian Memorial Church in Fairhaven Mass, a fantastically gorgeous church in a lovely town with awesome old buildings. The library is especially amazing.
Postnote: I’ll be sending this book to the Books for Nashville book drive, along with Watership Down, Are You There God It’s Me Margaret, Fear & Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72, The Giver and Ethan Frome PLUS a BIG BOX I collected from my IRL book club.