I was reading the book "Bury Me Standing" by Isabel Fonseca. It is about the persecution of gypsys in Central Europe of the 1990's. I became interested in the subject when I went on the cruise of Italy and Greece a couple of years ago. But I have to admit defeat. Not that the book was boring or difficult reading, but the subject, I could feel was changing me. Human Beings are capable of such horrible behaviour and attitudes.. I don't know how else to put it, the 'human condition' is not noble. I am starting to be so disgusted. We are capable of such wrong doing and then justifying it. I am 2/3 of the way through it, and just cannot read another word. I was shocked that people are being killed/burned out of their homes in the 1990's...we aren't talking a hundred years ago. And I don't think it has changed. Our kids have a foreign exchange student, a 15 year old from Germany, who has made comments about 'Turks and Gypsies" that reflect a deep seated prejudice.
Is there a cure? Is it Christianity, that teaches us "red, brown, yellow, black and white...they are precious in his sight?". Is it the 'melting pot' attitude that the United States used to have. I know, its changed to a multi-cultural 'salad'. But wasn't the melting pot good? The attitude that we were all Americans first. I dunno. I am just so disturbed by what I am reading...and seeing.
a few months ago, I read "The Warmth of Other Suns" and it was equally disturbing...but not as hopeless.
so, I've started a new Susanna Kearsley book...something I know I'll enjoy and something a whole lot lighter.
been working on ATC's, and have been R E A L L Y stumped...oh my, gotta go concentrate on them.
looking forward to the last installment of Breaking Dawn, cannot wait, don't know who I will be able to get to go with me...oh, and the commercials for Red Dawn... Time to take care of some chores!