Being a reader means that you must be willing to have an open mind. I value open-mindedness because *spoiler alert* I don’t know everything, despite how I act most days. To appreciate other people’s stories, we have to allow new ideas to occupy our minds, at least for a little while. There are so many perspectives in the universe. A good book will open your eyes to a perspective you’ve never imagined.
For this entry, I time travel back to my high school days when I read Night by Elie Wiesel, which is now considered to be a classic. So much of what Wiesel wrote appealed to me, even at the age of 16, which we all know is the age when you are the smartest. The pain, compassion, and philosophy behind this novel are raw and inspiring.
A terrifying account of the Nazi death camp horror that turns a young Jewish boy into an agonized witness to the death of his family…the death of his innocence…and the death of his God. Penetrating and powerful, as personal as The Diary Of Anne Frank, Night awakens the shocking memory of evil at its absolute and carries with it the unforgettable message that this horror must never be allowed to happen again.
Here are a few quotes from the novel that changed my mind on a few things:
“Human suffering anywhere concerns men and women everywhere.”
“[Moishe] explained to me, with great emphasis, that every question possessed a power that was lost in the answer….
And why do you pray, Moishe?’ I asked him.
I pray to the God within me for the strength to ask Him the real questions.”
“And I, the former mystic, was thinking: Yes, man is stronger, greater than God. When Adam and Eve deceived You, You chased them from paradise. When You were displeased by Noah’s generation, You brought down the Flood. When Sodom lost Your favour, You caused the heavens to rain down fire and damnation. But look at these men whom You have betrayed, allowing them to be tortured, slaughtered, gassed, and burned, what do they do? They pray before You! They praise Your name!”