Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Today, in class, we saw a documentary on the Holocaust. It was very, very gruesome, even though it wasn't my fist time seeing or hearing about the horrors of the Holocaust. At the end of the film, the Kappa were arrested and denied any responsibility or involvement in the incident. I can not believe the absurdity; especially since I have met so many people who cannot own up to what they have done and accept the consequences! The narrator ends the film with the question "Who is responsible?"

The video made me very emotional, very angry. We all know that the Holocaust happened because the majority of people refused to do something about it, since it didn't involve them directly.

This poem would describe the mindset of these sheep perfectly. The poem is written by Martin Niemöller, a prominent Protestant who spent seven years of his life in concentration camps because spoke out publicly against Adolf Hitler. I applaud his courage and strength of character. I think this poem inspires a lot of us to step out of the shadows and speak up for ourselves.

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out--
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out-- 
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out-- 
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me--and there was no one left to speak for me.

This type of mindset disgusts me, and hits a very personal place since I have experienced so many injustices where I was part of the minority group and everyone else was either too passive or apathetic to stand up and speak for themselves! I am disgusted by that type of mindset where people are willing to stand by and watch injustices happen, as long as it doesn't affect them directly!

Someone in my class asked the purpose of the video-why make us remember such gruesome things? I got really emotional and angry; I supposed, mostly by her ignorance. The Holocaust wasn't a tragic incident created by "someone else" like a hurricane or a natural disaster, it could have been prevented! Everyone who was involved was equally responsible!

Why is there so much injustice in this world? Why are there so much sheep who simply follow the flock instead of challenging the status quo?! Why does our education system teach us what to think as opposed to how to think? There is something very, very, wrong with the world today.

Also, I'm Asian, so none of my direct ancestors were physically affected by the Holocaust. It is simply the mindset which allowed such a mass and tragic genocide to occur that disgusts me, along with the injustice and I see patterns of this behaviour everywhere today.

Instead of asking for world peace or a world without conflicts, I would much rather have a just world; where people are forced to accept the consequences and retributions for their actions!

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