Reflection from last night (continued in comments):
Like a twisted Christmas Eve. Trouble falling asleep right now. Nervous and excited for tomorrow (today). Never been to a protest intentionally. I've stumbled into a few before and joined in. But actually showing up is different.
To remind myself what's at stake, there are two things I'm with right now. History and History. (Herstory.) We have history. Me and the wild animal I've dragged around since I was a kid--who, in my carelessness, has become a bit banged up, torn, bit of a wreck, let's be honest, Doggie. (Also, you too Country, I see you 👋🏼). And another first hand account of "The Worst Case Scenario" (this is actually the second piece of Holocaust literature I've read in the past couple of weeks). Not saying this is a Holocaust or will be, not saying that. I'm just looking back, since I'm aware of history's tendency to be recursive. Germans were also just citizens of a country. This was recent history, regular people, may not have even been part of the Nazi party by conviction, may not have even had opinions about any of it really. But people permitted complacency and denial and detachment, keeping their mouths, eyes and ears closed-- less hawk, more ostrich. Uncritical of a leader's decisions. Until unimaginable things started happening around these people. And then, soon enough, their right to even take a stand disappears. And the fear that resistance at all, let alone a strong stand, could cost you something, your Life even, that fear becomes the background to the life you're living. We are once again in a breath of history where humans will be faced with moral dilemmas they may not have imagined witnessing.
I had family that died at Auschwitz. And I *do* think about that from time to time. But smart survivors learn, like Thomas Buergenthal did, to couch their psyche's survival on swift forgiveness. When we forgive, the circles we draw demarcating "Enemy" fall away. There is no more "us vs. them", "us" and "them", and finally no more "them", only Us.
Just regular Germans, so many... (Finishes in comments)