barry_king (barry_king) wrote,

In Between the Moon and You, the Angels Get a Better View

One of my personal heroes (yes, despite my heart two sizes too small and mummified, I actually have a few), Roméo Dallaire, was given the Elie Wiesel award last week. For me, he'll always be that high, timorous voice clipped by audio artifacts on the satphone. Here's a quote from one of his books (Shake Hands with the Devil—well worth reading) that he wrote while "recovering" from those awful days that speaks directly to something that has been a touchstone in my real® life:

"Many signs point to the fact that the youth of the Third World will no longer tolerate living in circumstances that give them no hope for the future. From the young boys I met in the demobilization camps in Sierra Leone to the suicide bombers of Palestine and Chechnya, to the young terrorists who fly planes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, we can no longer afford to ignore them. We have to take concrete steps to remove the causes of their rage, or we have to be prepared to suffer the consequences."

And that's the thing and the much of the whole of the thing. Our shadow is large, and may eat us.

Here's a quote from Elie Wiesel himself, though, and I think it's equally relevant for writers, and caps off this thought:

"No one may speak for the dead, no one may interpret their mutilated dreams and visions."
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