Wonderful article titled “On Work and Freedom: For Holocaust Remembrance Day and Durban II” from the-Word-Well this morning.
Two paragraphs in particular really stood out to me:
“They did not teach their children to hate, but, as my grandmother puts it, ‘to be somebody in the world. Hate doesn’t help anybody. It just spoils everything.’…
“And she is free. Free of hate. And free to see her grandchildren and great-grandchildren flourish in free countries. Marinating oneself or one’s nationhood in suffering, even if it is legitimate and documented, is not the way to gain freedom. That is the way to stay oppressed forever. Encouraging growth and forward movement is – and has always been – the only way out of a national or individual hole.”
Powerful article; read it.