September 28th 2010
* What is required of humanity during times of hardship and cruelty? (Based on Night)
The only thing that differ human beings from animal is humanity. When people are facing extreme hardship and cruelty, people get strength from humanity, which includes love, compassion, will to live and faith, to keep their consciousness, so that they won’t behave like animals.
Faith makes a person alive, rather than a walking corpse. To most Jews in the concentration camps, faith is an important thing to supports them. Their faith could be belief in God, the tiniest hope to survive or the expectation of reunion of their families.
Some Jews believe that the whole disaster is just a test from God, if they pass it, they will live happy forever. Despite their blindly belief in God, faith does help them to abide German’s abuses. But the faith in God destroys Jews as well: they are so firmly convinced that God will help them that they are just sitting there waiting without any active action. Nevertheless, Jews don’t take the whole thing seriously at first – they imagine that transportation is just a vacation. Because of their blindness, they lose chances of escape and rebellion. They depend too much on faith than themselves. By the time Jews lost their so-called faith, they lose everything include the will to live. They are desperate, giving up their life.
As to Eliezer, he has faith of being with his father through the hardness. Regardless of his own benefit, Eliezer’s father, Shlomo, helps Eliezer go through hardness and gives Eliezer hope. Eliezer does love his father, and he says that his father is his only hope to keep himself alive. When Eliezer realizes that Rabbi Eliahu, who is looking for his son, is abandoned by his son, he prays for God, the one he is no longer believe, to give him strength never to abandon his father; when his father is selected to be burned, he risks his life to save his father by running into the crowd; he... [continues]
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