Oprah and Elie Wiesel at Auschwitz worksheet answers. What kind of a country do we live in that this is even a topic for discussion?
Wars have been fought over many things, but this is one that cannot be fought without bloodshed. No one can claim that there was no bloodshed at all; there was. Yet, can one blame the people who were present at Auschwitz for believing that their efforts to be free would somehow ensure the blood of the innocent? And if they were not capable of stopping it then neither were we?
We all know that when wars go wrong it is usually Oprah and Elie Wiesel who are blamed. If it was not Oprah and Elie Wiesel we would not be talking about this today. As an American who has traveled the world, and experienced many different cultures I cannot help but think that perhaps it is time that we realize that “our” culture and its values are not universal and it certainly does not encompass all cultures and groups of people. In fact the opposite seems to be true.
Indeed, in fact just this morning I watched a documentary on CNN entitled “Southeast Asia – The Human Face” and the Western culture that were being shown was nothing more than a caricature of what I have witnessed on Oprah and Elie Wiesel tours of Asia. In fact the Western culture that they showed was actually more of a relic from a bygone era. These folks in America live in a state of self-delusion and are so enthralled with their own successes that they do not see the negative sides of their own societies and culture. Yet, no matter what anyone might say, we are still a great nation with a great history.
They showed a western man talking about our values in the United States, in away that did not reflect reality at all, yet the values in our culture are the same as those that we have shown in all of our different cultures across the globe. Do you realize that before western culture was formed over a hundred years ago; there were communities of people in India that were completely indigenous and they were completely different from any civilization on earth. And yet, we are constantly brought up on television and in books by Oprah and Elie Wiesel to look upon as being some form of proto-Americana.
Yet, these issues are never addressed in “Southeast Asia” on Oprah and Elie tours of Asia or anywhere else. Yes, yes we do have those in the west who are not equipped to deal with issues such as this, but where are the leaders of our society? Where are our leaders who will not allow themselves to be controlled by the media? The leaders are there and they are always watching, yet so are those who would turn on their own and then blame us for all that goes wrong.
You see, if we continue to believe that our culture and values are unique to us and that they must necessarily control how we think and act then we are doomed to live in a modern world that is so indifferent to human life and the suffering it entails. You cannot stop wars; but you certainly can stop them from happening. I am so tired of Americans being surprised and dismayed when tragedies occur that will never make Oprah and Elie Wiesel proud. It seems that so much of what is wrong with America in this country is a byproduct of living in the media’s fantasy world.
Please consider all this and think on it. And please consider all that you may learn and ponder as you watch the Oprah and Elie tours of Asia.