Tuesday, December 20, 2005

"Dignity is a mask we wear to hide our ignorance"


I have read history in school and I am pretty sure so many of you may have too. Getting interested in history subject is more or less an art of the teacher who is teaching you...as that teacher's tacts of teaching make one interesting and curious about what is history and to explore it further deep down to know the reality.

"A teacher affects eternity he can never tell where his influence stops" ~ Henry Adams

But more than reading true history and what is taught as history is two different aspect and I dont blame this on teacher..instead it could be the syllabus or so...

"The true aim of everyone who aspires to be a teacher should be, not to impart his own opinions, but to kindle minds" ~ Frederick W. Robertson

All I want to say is reading the true history and watching history is really a discovery in itself..!!!
I had read so many stories of world war I & II and the catostrophy that used to take place and the inhumane bloody incidents...but I could never imagine..how worst it could be...I blame it on my imagination :)...well it also depends on the upbringing too ....as you can ony think bad to a certain limit and it could be a very simple thing of hitting anybody...or at the most..killing..(since now a days we see so many things..imagination can wander..) but brutal, torturing ...inhuman killing of human beings...gosh!!! I just cant think of it...!!!

"War is organized murder and torture against our brothers" ~ Alfred Adler

Recently, I have been watching too many movies related to history...such as The Pianist :)...Dr Zhivago... & lately The Schindler's....boy this movie..at one point I felt why we people love to watch such movies..where they are torturing people and treating them like insects and worms...I think even they live a dignified life in today's world...!!!

"Dignity is like a perfume; those who use it are scarcely conscious of it"

I really .....was exhausted to watch the way Germans treated Jews. I have no sympathy for the Jews b'coz it has to be beyond sympathy. I swear...all the time I was just thinking ..thank god..I was not born at that time...I could feel the pain of those people..how...just to protect there own lives they used to hide in holes like rats...oooh!!!
I sometimes wonder how..we as civilized people treat one another...are we civilized enough to be even called one???

"The true civilization is where every man gives to every other every right that he claims for himself"

In that era also there was this guy called Schindler...who was a womanizer...money minded but still he was carrying a heart..which saved so many Jews...!!! I could see him just like a drop of water in the desert....in the mouth of a thirsty person...a drop of life...!!!!When he was saving people ..he didnt realize what he is doing until at the end when he felt...all he could was cry..thinking..he could have saved more!!!!!!!

"Prosperity is the best protector of principle" ~ Mark Twain

6 comments:

Manish said...

Great post DON! it proves that Human race can stoop to much lower than animals :(

wordearth said...

An era in human history where, not just lives were eliminated but the very existence of human Conscience murdered, and the dignity of the entire human race ripped off.

Today while many of us know, some are still there who don't.
While some can't forget the incident, there are also a few who fail to even recognize the fact that human civilization ever passed through such a despicable phase.

More interesting reading for history enthusiasts is the proceedings of the Nuremberg Trial. Justice Jackson's opening statement reveals a great deal about the time.

Just the starting paragraph of the opening statement tells a lot which I am putting in here.

"The privilege of opening the first trial in history for crimes against the peace of the world imposes a grave responsibility. The wrongs which we seek to condemn and punish have been so calculated, so malignant, and so devastating, that civilization cannot tolerate their being ignored, because it cannot survive their being repeated. That four great nations, flushed with victory and stung with injury stay the hand of vengeance and voluntarily submit their captive enemies to the judgment of the law is one of the most significant tributes that Power has ever paid to Reason."

History is about facts and is never speculation or theory and that makes it more important that it be taught and also a interest created among people so as to learn more about how the world is the way it is today and as advocates of peace and harmony we will have a better solution on issues that even our forerunners never had a clue how to handle.

PuNeEt said...

Great post dear...
Not always the real truth is told in text books...
and not always the real truth is known to the real world...

Civilized People... hmmm
how really are we civilized...
or were people civilized...

Dignity is a mask we wear to hide our ignorance
Beautiful title

Nice post
Cheers

Medha said...

i loved da pianist...
its infact a torture to watch such movies..coz by da end of it...u feel so mentally harrassed tat u prefer not knowing any of that truth...
**ignorance is truly bliss**
coz the ignorant always gets a sound sleep!!

Keshi said...

As usualu anothet brilliant post Dawn!

**War is organized murder and torture against our brothers

loved that! They say 'civil war' but what's so civil abt war??


Keshi.

Dawn....सेहर said...

@manish: yes dear..the more we find ahead the more deeper we get in such activity...its sad!!!
But thats the fact...:)

cheers!

@nuyi: I know some of my posts are really thought provoking :) and I remember when i had posted Hitler's pic totally for a different reason, you had put forth your emotions here...:) now I can relate why u did that..:) am glad...am learning more and more ...:)..keep leading
thnx

@puneet: yes thats a real question that we all hv to ask ourselves :)
cheers!

@medha: yes dear I totally agree with u...!!
Good to hear u liked Pianist :)
cheers!

@keshi: totally agreeable luv whts so civil about it...I often ask this...myself!!
good to see u..even though ur on holidays ;) I love ya
cheers

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