Understanding through Literature

Why do we as humans fear what we don’t know? Why do we try to tear down what our own experiences have not allowed us to understand? Why don’t we respond to fear and misunderstanding with a search for knowledge? Could it be that equipped with knowledge instead of arms we could lead more peaceful lives? Might the pursuit of knowledge hold back our instinctual desire to fight, just long enough for a seed of tolerance to take root within us? Recent history has proven that knowledge leads to understanding and that understanding leads to acceptance. In a world where so many people exist, isn’t it our moral responsibility to search out that knowledge and to lead ourselves and others to live peacefully?

In the words of the Dalai Lama: “Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.” We all come into this world in the same manner, breathe the same air, and live our lives. While each of us are unique, we are also in fact one in the same. So take the time to get to know the experiences of those around you, those with whom you share the world. When we understand each other better, we can then love and appreciate each other more and bring out the best in each other.

In honor of the recent tragedy in Orlando, Florida, here are a selection of literary novels that might help a fearful heart better understand:

 

The Catch Trap

The Catch Trap

A Boy's Own Story

A Boy’s Own Story

Landscape: Memory

Landscape: Memory

Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit

Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit

Carol

Carol

 

 

Michael Barnett is a writer and editor with associative ties to Alibris as strong as heartstrings.

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