I have a bad habit of having multiple books on the go at a time. I guess as bad habits go, it’s not disastrous but I am wondering now if it is the ostrich in me. I have to bury my head in something else at times.
For example, I find I can only read a few pages of “Sarah’s Key” at a time. The story is so sad, that is fortunate that the author has written it so the reader isn’t smothered in the ugliness of unfairness of war, and torture of innocents.
It caused me to think how important that we remember these sad events of World War II despite the discomfort, and unease it inflicts on our hearts.
It also makes me happy for my lighthearted reading, and reference type books that keep my balance so that I can sleep at night without thinking about terrible historical events like genocide.
How can I learn from this book in my life right now?
Possibly it is this, I recently wrote about sweatshops, this is an ugliness that is happening right now. This could be an ugliness that I am unconsciously supporting, and so are you.
I don’t think we try to be ostriches in our lives, but it can happen and it often takes something really ugly to get us all collectively to look around. I guess that is the positive side to the Bangladesh building collapse – Collectively we have pulled our heads from the sand and we are saying as consumers we don’t want to be ostriches anymore. We want laws enforced, and we want to be informed consumers, and we want to influence corporations for positive treatment of workers. This is where I think millions are at now, we are aware, we are supportive, we want change, watch out clothing, shoes, and other industries – the ostrich has their head out of the sand, and I hear ostriches have a vicious kick. – see the link above – Beads for Life – Eradicating Poverty One bead at a time.