I never could understand people who look at an interracial couple kissing, or a woman kissing another woman, or a man kissing a man, as anything other than the beauty and wonder of love. Why should people kill, fight, and generally make fools of themselves because other people live and love differently?
When I was in nurses’ training and I was about to observe my very first surgery, I was excited and a little nervous. I mean, someone was going to be cut up before my eyes.
Watching that scalpel slice someone’s abdomen open evolved into an epiphany — it made me aware of the most amazing thing.
When a knife cuts through skin, skin loses relevance to anything else. It’s so thin and unimportant you barely notice it’s there.
But that thin, almost a wisp of a layer that was cut through was barely noticeable anymore.
Black, white, brown, red, yellow – or maybe, male, female, lesbian, gay , bi, transsexual. What’s the big deal? Why do people go crazy over these exterior differences?
They mean nothing. It’s what’s underneath, the way people interact, the things they do, the deeds they perform – that’s what matters.
For instance: Sir Nicholas Winton, who died this week. He was a 106-year-old British man who led a long and good life.
From an article by The Daily Kos
( An online newspaper.)
Proof once again that the good do not necessarily die young.
In 1938-39 he organized eight trains to carry 669 Czech Jewish children from Prague to Britain just before the outbreak of World War II. He died on the anniversary of the largest train load that saved 241.
Even more amazingly, he never said anything about it for almost 50 years. His wife found a scrapbook in the attic where he had kept the names of the children he had saved.
Among those he saved were
Film director Karel Reisz, who made “The French Lieutenant’s Woman” (1981), “Isadora” (1968) and “Saturday Night and Sunday Morning” (1960); Lord Alfred Dubs, who became a member of Parliament; Joe Schlesinger, a Canadian broadcast correspondent; Hugo Marom, a founder of the Israeli Air Force; Vera Gissing, the author of “Pearls of Childhood” (2007) and other books, and Renata Laxová, a geneticist who discovered the Neu-Laxová Syndrome, a congenital abnormality.
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Sir Nicholas was a 29 –year-old clerk at the London Stock Exchange in 1938 when war was breaking out in Europe. He traveled with a friend to Czechoslovakia and it was there that he was hit with the realization that the country was not only in danger, but, while some Brits were working to get Jewish intellectuals and others out of Czechoslovakia, no one was saving the children.
Almost single-handed, he saved 650 Jewish children from certain death by Nazi extermination. (I have found several opinions as to the actual number saved–whichever was the largest figure, is the one I hope is true.)
Cutting through unbelievable financial problems and bureaucracy, he arranged for eight trains to carry children from Nazi-occupied Prague to Britain. Seven trains made it to safety, but as the war broke out and the borders were closed, the last train never made it. The 250 young people on that train were lost, ground up in the Nazi extermination machine. And of those children who were saved? Only a very few would ever see their parents again.
As the article above says, Sir Nicholas Winton’s heroic acts did not surface until 1988 when his wife found a scrapbook in the attic of their home – only when a dusty record of names, pictures and documents, detailing a story of redemption from the Holocaust, did anyone know about what this remarkable hero had done.
In all those years he’d never spoken about the all-but-forgotten miracle he performed — saving children, who, like the parents who gave them up to save their lives, were destined for Nazi concentration camps and extermination.
It’s hard to believe.
This wonderful human being, Sir Nicholas Winton, Britain’s Schindler, did something so remarkable and never told anybody about it.
Why do you think this man put his life on the line?
And why did those parents give their children away?
You’ll never convince me that a man who saved 650 children that he never knew wasn’t filled with not only strength and kindness, but love.
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