Monday, December 08, 2008

Do You Remember Your Lessons?.....

The Holocaust lesson that I learned at school is that we are obliged not to wait until things are as bad as Auschwitz before we speak out and act.

I remember that lesson too, from my parents more so than from any of my teachers.


Spadoman said...

Your post reminds me that long after Hitler's genocide, the world did gasp and say we should have stopped it before it started.

But here in the United States, the genocide continues with the Native Indigenous people and their lands and their rights. True, there are no ovens and people aren't herded up to be slaughtered, but the were in an earlier time. Blankets were issued to the Indian people that were laced with Small Pox, for example.

native people, along with other people of color or with language barriers and the poverty stricken have less opportunity and comprise a very unequal percentage of the population.

In the 1860's and at other times during this countries settlement, (occupation and takeover), people were shipped away from their homes in the hopes and plans that they would struggle with their new environment and then die off as a race.

Sounds to me like a different way to accomplish the same thing Hitler was doing. Making it look like it was humane.

This is happening all over the world. To be informed is to be more powerful. Thanks.

fjb said...

Evolution came to a screeching halt at some point. So many of us still continue to feel that our own particular secular group is superior to all others. Sadly, most don't realize that this is the downfall of man and will eventually lead to our extinction. I been able to find another species so intent on it's own destruction as humanity is.