This is by far one of the saddest books I have read so far but so incredibly well written. The insights of a young girl, even while in the midst of hiding, can be related to by all of us. I went into this book knowing the story of Anne Frank and knowing how it ends, but you can’t help getting attached. Or I can’t anyways.
It really blows my mind how someone so young can have such a good insight on the way the world works.
“Der Man hat einengrossen Geist, Und istso klein von Taten!”
(The spirit of the man is great, How puny are his deeds!)
To me, it is a subtle reminder of how the world could be better. With the advance in technology we have seen, why are we settling for the newest and largest iPhone?
Now, I’m not saying we should go nuts with the AI’s… because I’ve seen Terminator. I know how this ends. One of the most probable apocalypse’s let me tell you. I love apocalypse theories but if I start talking about zombies I’ll completely lose my train of thought.
Back to advancing technologies, one of the most recent developments is 3D printing organs. Could you imagine the good that would do for everyone on the transplant list if they could perfect that? There’s a team working on 3D printing hearts and the science behind it is amazing. (yes, I’m not only a book nerd but also a science nerd)
But I’m off topic, and not to bore anyone I’ll return to quotes from the book. Which is the point after all isn’t it?
“People can tell you to keep their mouth shut, but it doesn’t stop you from having your own opinion. Even if people are still very young, they shouldn’t be prevented from saying what they think.”
As opposed to “children should be seen, and not heard.” I think there are indeed situations where one should be quiet, but to quiet someone’s opinions or ideas is unnecessary. To shoot down someone’s ideas without any thought is also just as bad. What if one of the greatest breakthroughs in human history is stifled because the thinker is too afraid to speak up?
Everyone is entitled to their own ideas and opinions and, through the First Amendment that protects freedom of speech, you can voice them.
You can’t be silenced. Unless you allow yourself to be.
“Whoever is happy will make others happy.”
Surround yourself with those that make you happy. It may be an overused and cliche thing to say, but it still holds truth. The people around you influence you whether you realize it or not.
Find your tribe of supporters. Find those that help lift you up and challenge you. Connect with those that have similar interests. You don’t need the negativity of those that tear down your ideas, or don’t like superhero shows, or think that reading is for old people.
Follow your bliss. 😂