His life influenced me powerfully! *I invite to read my "Chats with God" tonight dedicated to the memory of Elie Wiesel.
Only those who have suffered injustice and rejection get glimpses of Wiesel's legacy.
Wiesel reminded us through his own experience the controversy between GOOD and EVIL. He was many things besides a survivor of the Holocaust. The most, a beacon of light, reminding us that justice must be sought and cultivated.
I was always captivated by his books, writings, interviews, and views on what turns "normal" people into monsters of oppression. At this particular juncture in the history of our country we must remember Weisel's description on how masses of people, in times of crisis give up their freedom. The potential "Hitlers" are not too far away from us. (Wiesel and Bonhoeffer's writings are powerful)
Some of my favorite quotes from Weise in my file:
“The opposite of love is not hate, it's INDIFFERENCE. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's INDIFFERENCE. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's INDIFFERENCE. And the opposite of life is not death, it's INDIFFERENCE.” ― Elie Wiesel
Dictators, AUTHORITARIANS, demagogues first mesmerize the minds of the masses with illusions, then suck the life of their wills and hearts hearts, which results in the vacuum of INDIFFERENCE.
“We must always take sides. NEUTRALITY helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” ― Elie Wiesel
This one is mine inspired by Weisel...
"People who do not take sides at the sight of injustice and abuse are spineless and lack a moral compass! It's never an accident. It has been a work in progress for many years, ignoring the evidence while being inoculated by the venom of personal comfort and conformity. When you see injustice in a marriage, a divorce, child abuse, the culture, the poor, the oppressed of society, and say nothing, or worst yet put the oppressor and the victim at the same level, you have suddenly turned yourself into an angel of the darkness!" - Harold
“Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, which has turned my life into one long night, seven times cursed and seven times sealed....Never shall I forget those moments which murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to dust. Never shall I forget these things, even if I am condemned to live as long as God Himself. Never.” ― Elie Wiesel, Night
“There is divine beauty in learning... To learn means to accept the postulate that life did not begin at my birth. Others have been here before me, and I walk in their footsteps. The books I have read were composed by generations of fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, teachers and disciples. I am the sum total of their experiences, their quests. And so are you.” ― Elie Wiesel
“When a person doesn’t have gratitude, something is missing in his or her humanity. A person can almost be defined by his or her attitude toward gratitude.” ― Elie Wiesel