Thursday, June 28, 2012

A Train In Winter — By Caroline Moorehead — Book Review - NYTimes.com

A Train In Winter — By Caroline Moorehead — Book Review - NYTimes.com

I picked this up last week at the library. Am having a very hard time getting through it. What they went through is inconceivable. I know it happened, I know people did this, but I just can't imagine how they came to that point. Were they born with this lack of empathy for fellow human beings? Or did they cultivate this cruelty?
And there were so many people involved in this. Are we, am I, surrounded now by people who could do this sort of thing?
Does it start with small things: with people listening to a pastor say he would have all homosexuals put into walled camps, and let them die there; and those people saying 'Amen'? Or with another pastor saying that all atheists should leave the country because 'we' don't want them [and again the congregation says 'amen']. Or with government camps for 'terrorists' [Gitmo] that hold people for years with no real evidence against them, that permit torture in the name of freedom?

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