ENDNOTE: “Lest We Forget” all the GOVERNACIDE

2018-Dec-29

A 100-Year-Old Holocaust Survivor on How Books Save Lives

  • “There are times when dreams sustain us more than facts. To read a book and surrender to a story is to keep our very humanity alive.”

BY MARIA POPOVA

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It is often said that books save lives. Most of the time, however heartfelt the sentiment, it is figurative. Every once in an improbable while, it approximates the literal. But only on the rarest of occasions, in the most extreme of circumstances, do books become lifelines in the realest sense.

One such occasion is immortalized in A Velocity of Being: Letters to a Young Reader (public library) — the collection I spent eight years putting together in the hope of showing young people how essential reading is to an inspired and inspiring life. There are original illustrated letters about the transformative and transcendent power of reading from some immensely inspiring humans — scientists like Jane Goodall and Janna Levin, artists like Marina Abramović and Debbie Millman, musicians like Yo-Yo Ma, Amanda Palmer, and David Byrne, entrepreneurs like Richard Branson and Tim Ferriss, poets like Mary Oliver, Elizabeth Alexander, and Sarah Kay, media pioneers like Kevin Kelly, Jad Abumrad, and Shonda Rhimes, beloved writers of literature for young people like Jacqueline Woodson, Judy Blume, and Neil Gaiman, and a great many celebrated authors of books for so-called grownups. But one of the most powerful letters comes from someone whose name might not, or at least not yet, mean much to many: Helen Fagin.

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There are times when dreams sustain us more than facts. To read a book and surrender to a story is to keep our very humanity alive.

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It’s hard to imagine enduring the Holocaust.  Surviving it was a miracle. Every time I read something about it, I say to myself: “Lest We Forget”.

A “normal” Christian nation took a wrong turn into madness.  We must be aware that it could happen here.  The USA has had its “Japanese Internment”, “Segregation”, and the “Trail of Tears”.  DNF Waco, Ruby Ridge, and Oklahoma City.

We must control the evil Gooferment to prevent these things in the future.

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