3 New Books to Help You Reflect on Humanity
With both Easter and Passover happening this week, we’re invited to reflect on past suffering, and to ask ourselves how we can best prevent it in the future. The dropping of the world’s largest non-nuclear bomb this week ironically and painfully coincided with this week of reflection. Second World War veteran Kildare Dobbs writes in his searing anti-war manifesto in Reading the Times, “To think about any kind of warfare with less than the whole of our mind and imagination is obscene. This is the worst treason.” So, how do we stop thinking about war in the abstract? We must connect with the people who are suffering on a human level, and one of the best ways to do that is to read their stories. This week’s book club invites you to read difficult but rewarding volumes that chronicle genocide and attempted genocide, survival, and a human spirit that can be both unspeakably disturbing and impossibly beautiful. These books encourage us to say “never again,” and mean it.