November 24, 2014 violence. After a night of violence across the nation, including in my own city of Seattle, Washington, I searched for some encouragement that might help put out the fires of hatred, and send energy into the universe to prevent those fires from ever burning again.
Mr. Wiesel knows a little bit about hatred and suffering. He was held captive at Auschwitz and survived.
Of his relatives, only he and two of his sisters survived.
The following quote is from his book, Forgotten.
As a human race, we must choose between: the violence of adults, and the smiles of children; the ugliness of hate, and the will to oppose it; inflicting suffering and humiliation on our fellow man, and offering him the solidarity and hope he deserves for naught.
Even in darkness, it is possible to create light, and encourage compassion. Every moment of our life is essential; every gesture is essential. Our role in life is to give an offering to each other.