Thursday, February 4, 2010

Well, That Didn't Restore My Faith in Humanity

I think I'm in emotional shock.

I just finished reading Richard Flanagan's Unknown Terrorist. It's not a happy story...at all. It's about an innocent woman who's accused of terrorism. The basic idea of the story is that in a split second the whole world can turn against you...even when you've done nothing wrong.

People like to have villains. They will create them, and then others will quickly believe in the mythology. They'll join the witch hunt.

I'm not going to write a long post because I want to go to bed. I just feel I need to write this, otherwise I might have trouble sleeping. Even with writing it, I might have trouble. Who knows.

Anyway, here are some ideas/guidelines my recent life experiences and this book have taught me.

1. We need to remember there are always two sides to every story.

2. We are not obligated to give anyone our forgiveness. But I do think we owe them the chance to apologize, AND the chance to explain themselves.

3. Unless we know all the facts, we should not join a bandwagon of hatred.

4. We should not twist or hide someone's side of the story to make them look more guilty than they truly are.

5. If we know or believe someone is innocent, it's not okay to stay silent. We should defend them, or at least quietly let them know that we're on their side.

Shit and I also saw the end of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas today. Fiction-wise....this has NOT been a happy day for me.

Tomorrow I shall start reading Eragon. Hopefully, that will be a more uplifting tale.

Thanks for listening.