What Do You See?
In 1995, while my family was suddenly suffering massive and to-this-day inexplicable upheaval, my father became convinced that I was obsessed with demons. Perhaps needing a scapegoat at the moment, he devised a treatment to break me of my supposed obsession by forcing me to look at graphic photos of...what else?...the Holocaust. He reasoned (?) that forcing me to observe Evil would cure me of Evil.
Instead, like Diane von Furstenberg's mother, I came away from the "treatment" not with an impression of Evil but with awe for the strength and resilience of the Jewish people and the ultimate triumph of Good (the Allies) over Evil (the Nazis) in Auschwitz, Bergen-Belsen, Scheveningen, etc.
Yes, there was horrific Evil and millions of deaths but somehow in the midst of that evil, great goodness bubbled to the surface. I was in awe of the strength of Jews who went knowingly to their deaths not screaming nor panicking but rather singing Kaddish for themselves and each other.
I was blown away by the kindness of prisoners to each other. The bizarre looking-the-other-way of some of the guards. The miracles. The unfathomable paperwork errors and inexplicable releases of prisoners like Corrie ten Boom. The subtle resistance work of Concentration Camp inmates who purposely assembled radios incorrectly so Nazi pilots would lose communication. The list goes on and on.
Today, humanity finds themselves on the cusp (or in the midst!) of yet another Holocaust. A much more genteel, finessed, high tech Holocaust of flawed tests and fake statistics, of pointless lockdowns and invasive police, of viruses and injections posing as vaccines, of bankruptcies and court cases, of vaccine passports and fabric symbols of compliance (masks).
This is great Evil.
But just as in the 1940s Holocaust, in the midst of great Evil, great Good can, has, is and will emerge. It must. That's how the world was designed to work.
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