Sunday 6 September 2015

Nerd Church! - The Human Creature

Church image courtesy of debspoons at
I'm sure that, whatever part of the world you live in, you've seen a lot of bad crap in the news this week. Wars and murder, and the refugees. In Europe it's the refugees, or the migrants, or the asylum seekers, or the Syrians, or... you get the picture. Hundreds of people making their way across a continent. And we seem to have forgotten that people have been doing this for hundreds of years - being shunted from one place to another for reasons of safety, or simply the chance that they will earn enough money that their children will never have to go hungry. It's what we do. If you compare the pictures of Jewish people (and others,) leaving Paris in fear of the Nazis with pictures of Syrian men, women, and children crowding onto eerily similar trains at eerily similar stations, you will see what I mean. There is fear and sorrow and grief and love here, but all many governments see is dirt and a money-pit.

I'll leave you, my dear book-nerds, with a quote from The Book Thief - which I've read about three or four times, and am still staggered by the amount of beauty Markus Zusak fills each page with - it's a quote that, like so much of what Zusak rights, is so very true, and sums up what I feel:

"It amazes me what humans can do, even when streams are flowing down their faces and they stagger on, coughing and searching, and finding."

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