That awkward moment when someone says “hi” to you in passing, so you try to say “hi” back, but your vocal cords won’t work so you actually just open and close your mouth at them like a socially inept fish
Hold on just a tick. Listen, I’m Jewish, so I’m perfectly capable of understanding that what he did was just…..well, there are no words for it. But let’s not round it up to simply Jews that got killed. It was six million people that died in those camps, not just Jews. Did you know that homosexuals were sent there, too? Yeah, I’m sure you did. They had to wear special little symbols on their clothes. Do you know what it was? It was a pink triangle.
It was six million PEOPLE.
But you let that roll over in your mind for a while and you are going to forever see this man as a monster, but that’s not what he was. He was someone who thought he was truly doing something right for his nation, no matter how shitty he was doing it. Believe me when I say that I don’t like him. I really don’t. My grandfather’s brothers died in those camps, and my grandfather escaped to Spain, then to Mexico. He was lucky.
This is not a monster holding hands with a little girl.
This is Adolf Hitler, a man, holding hands with a little girl.
Yeah. It’s fucking scary. It really is. Do you know why?
It’s because you’re seeing that he wasn’t, in fact, a monster. You’re seeing in this picture that he was a man. He was a man, and that’s really the saddest part of it all.
As a History major who specializes in the history of early modern Europe, I’ve studied a lot of dictators in detail, not just Hitler. The number one mistake anyone could ever make in history is making the assumption that only inhuman monsters are capable of doing terrible things.
Stop dehumanizing Hitler just so you can reassure yourself that “normal” humans aren’t capable of doing bad things. Hitler liked children and dogs, he was a vegetarian and he cried like a little boy when his mother died. I’m not saying he was a good, innocent person, but when you stop attributing human characteristics to historical figures like Hitler, it’s how you overlook people just like him in real life, and it’s how people like him end up back in power.
That last statement.
I’m gonna cry
Pretty sure OP can manage; it isn’t all that hard to cry.
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As an English teacher, this made me weep tears of awestruck joy.
I love it.
To answer those of you who asked, my new job is in the children’s department of a library! It’s really exciting because it’s basically the entry-level version of exactly the kind of job I want to have when I have my master’s degree. The only downside (aside from the long commute) is that I’m not working very many hours, so I’m keeping my other job for the time being, which means that my already-busy schedule is getting even crazier.
Just so you all know, I’m giving up wasting time online for Lent. I’ll still briefly check facebook, tumblr, and email sometimes, (probably about twice a day) so I’ll see any messages that people send me and I may even post something occasionally. In fact, I plan to use my sideblog tisgoodtobelutheran to post a bunch of Lent stuff by queue. But yeah, I’m not going to be practically living on the internet like I do now. I figured that this is a good idea of something to give up for Lent because, if I’m not online, it’s going to be much easier to increase the amount of time that I dedicate to stuff like actually reading the Bible. Admittedly, that’s something that currently is just a few minutes out of my daily schedule, and it’s not unusual for me to accidentally skip it entirely if I go to bed earlier than I planned. Plus, this’ll probably increase my homework efficiency, which technically has nothing to do with Lent or religion, but, you know, vocation and stuff. So if you don’t see much from me over the next six weeks, that’s why.