What events in our world today do you perceive as relevant to the atrocities conveyed in Elie Wiesel's book Night? What events in our world today do you perceive as relevant to the atrocities...

What events in our world today do you perceive as relevant to the atrocities conveyed in Elie Wiesel's book Night?

What events in our world today do you perceive as relevant to the atrocities conveyed in Elie Wiesel's book Night?

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Time and time again, we discover a new depth of inhumanity in the world.  It may look better or be more sanitized (in other words, we aren't necessarily shoveling people into furnaces) but the principle of letting the worst in us win out over the best in us runs rampant.  I'm with many of my fellow editors who see things like abuse and rape and other social ills as being personal microcosms of the larger principles Wiesel was descrying. 

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Rather depressingly, our history shows that the message of Night has not been heard as we continue to oppress and exterminate one another. Our history,...

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Last summer I attended several symposiums on genocide in our world.  The Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. has been active in helping make public the plight of the people from Dafur.  Since Wiesel’s release of his book "Night" genocide has taken place in Bosnia, Herzegovina from 1992 to 1995 with over 200,000 deaths having occurred and in Rwanda in 1994 with over 800,000 deaths. 

The government of today has been met with many challenges in regards to helping other nations.  The United Nations as well as the Pope has been called upon to help prevent further deaths from occurring in Dafur.  Some critiques question if the situation actually is as dangerous as they say for Dafur's minority groups, but the warning signs are present. 

Did we actually learn anything from Wiesel’s novel "Night?" I believe we have, but we are still spread thin as a nation and have difficulty determining how to disperse our resources of money and manpower.  In the end no matter what we like to think, humans become narrowed down to resources.

 

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