We’ve been kind of, not really, reading a new book in my English class. It’s called “Night” by Elie Wiesel and for those of you who aren’t familiar with it, it’s a nonfiction record of Wiesel’s Jewish community in the Auschwitz concentration camp during the Holocaust.
We haven’t read very far into it, but one of the lines that really struck me and stuck with me was,
“All this under a magnificent blue sky.”
I like to think that even though line is juxtaposing the terrifying events occurring Wiesel, it can be treated as universal and timeless. It could be talking about us.. now. As I’m writing this, someone else is winning a couple bucks on a scratcher lottery and another person is watching their mother or father drown in alcohol, and the only thing that any of us has in common is the magnificent blue sky that we spend our petty years underneath.
I think this is a really good thing to remember, especially when you’re feeling down and a little irritable. You have to remember that everyone is fighting their own battles, and no one has a life without inconveniences or difficulties. You can’t take out your anger on people because they seem happy. Everyone has some kind of suffering.
Some people just hide it better.
And even though that’s so totally NOT what this book is about, that’s what I think this line has taught me in a more broad context.