How a Visit to Yad Vashem Changed My Perspective
Thank you for a wonderfully written and insightful article. Deserves broad readership and hopefully causes all of us to think more deeply about our own biases.
Thank you, Devin. I am sure I will be referring to some of your insights here on Monday when I lead my 7th-graders through their weekly, half-hour social emotional lesson. Monday's lesson is on the terms dehumanization and microaggression.
What an opportunity! Thank you for sharing your learning and self-reflection with us.
This is a moving piece and a lesson we should not forget. In the USA I am seeing more and more intolerance as people who have long lived on the fringes of society demand a place at the table. Immigrants, minorities, LGBTQIA all deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. I'm not a religious person, but my background is in literature and one of my favorite authors is the 17th-century poet John Donne. His "Devotions upon Emergent Occasions" are a constant reminder of the illusion of separation between all living beings:
"No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend's or of thine own were; any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee."
Thanks for the thoughtful essay. It was a great way to start my day and get me in the right frame of mind when life is constantly trying to distract me from what is important.