Of Cats and Mice

a few days back, i finished reading Maus, a two part graphic novel series that talks about the holocaust. I was so touched and deeply disturbed. I never thought of human hatred as such a potent force, capable of causing so much destruction and despair. I also never thought of the tenacity that we can show in times of such despair. human beings are capable of so much compassion and so much love, yet our hatred knows no bounds either. To treat people like the way the jews were treated is simply not human. to think that so many people went along with it and let it happen is also such a shame and such a disgrace. yet we seem to learn nothing from history. you would think that after such a great tragedy, the world would never let anything quite like that happen but think again. the genocides in Bosnia, Sudan and many other places suggest otherwise. looks like we don't learn anything from the past. It scares me to think that fellow human beings are capable of such carnal acts. hatered is very very scary


Pixie said...

The movie is scarier.
i can't remember the actual name or the director...

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Just a grail said...

It is scary how hatred breeds and how humans are afraid to stand up to injustice sometimes. And you are right, genocide still happens every day and nothing is happening, I remember when the news reports started coming out about Darfur, and I kept thinking at any minute we are going to go over there and get shit straight, nope. Then I waited for the UN to go and make some heads roll. No.
It seems to be human nature if it is not happening in your own yard or if it is not affecting your oil supply then sorry for ya.
It really is disgusting.

My grandparents lived in Germany during the War, and my grandfather was recruited (forced) to join Hitler's youth. The thing is, his father was a jew. He left and my Great Grandmother had to pay someone off to say he was his dad so that he wasn't taken to a camp.

Other countries knew what was going on, but it sure took a hell of a long time and a terrible amount of lives were lost before their fellow humans stepped up and did what needed to be done.