Change Should Start With Us Essay

963 words - 4 pages

If change should happen, it starts with us
When one talks about change, they are normally evaluating a past situation or measuring the defects in a current situation. In 1933 The Nazi regimes lead by a German man by the name of Adolf Hitler targeted Jews and basically imprisoned and slaughtered them. This era was named the Holocaust. The word Holocaust derives from Greek origin meaning “sacrifice by fire”. According to the Holocaust Encyclopedia the Germans believed that Germans were "racially superior" and that the Jews, deemed "inferior”. In a spread of 12 years from 1933 to 1945 the Nazi regimes had killed nearly two out of every three European Jew from a population of over nine million strong. As I evaluate this past tragic but historical event, I strongly believe some type of change is mandatory so history won’t repeat itself. With that being said I don’t believe our society should hold on to the raging, and wounded emotions that make us continue to hunt and prosecute Nazi war criminals.
Who are we as people to judge the severity of a punishment to another human being? I’m not saying unethical acts or cruel treatment should go unpunished but the line has to be drawn somewhere. I also believe there should be a statute of limitations on war crimes. If evidence is lost in prosecuting a person over time then maybe that was supposed to happen or a greater punishment or result to their actions are in store for those individuals somewhere down the line. Why would success be to track down a person their whole life just to punish them for crimes they may have committed in the past? They might not be the same disturbed person they were at the time of the crime. Furthermore it ties in with Dr. Frankl when he says “Again and again I admonish my students both in America and Europe: ‘don’t aim at success—the- more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensure, and it only does so as the unintended side-effect of one’s personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one’s surrender to a person other than oneself. Happiness must happen, and he same for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it. I want you to listen to what your conscience commands you to do and go on to carry it out to the best of your knowledge. Then your will live to see that in the long run—in the long run, I say—success will fallow you precisely because you had forgotten to think of it.”(16-17) With that being said we as a society should aim our success elsewhere or not devote our lives to tracking others down to finish off their life.
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