The Kindness and Cruelty of Humans

    Do you ever wonder what it would be like to live through World War II? I’m currently reading a book called The Book Thief which is set around that time and as I read, I slowly imagine myself in the character’s position. I imagine myself to be doing what they’re doing, seeing what they’re seeing, and saying what they’re saying. By doing that, it’s like I actually live through the World War II era. Reading the book and imagining yourself to be in it is very entertaining, but sometimes, it gets a bit miserable. World War II is not at all merry. Obviously, it’s WAR. In the book, you can tell how humans can be exceptionally kind to others, but some aren’t. The kindness and cruelty of humans aren’t just in the World War I and II days. I’ve read about the cruelties that happened during World War II. A lot of humans were affected, but the Jews, in particular, suffered the most. The German Nazis treated them miserably. They were tortured, forced to work, and even used as medical experiments. How I wish that these acts don’t occur anymore, but it’s no doubt that the cruelty of humans are still present in the different parts of the world today.

    Every night, my family and I watch the news and majority of what’s on it are horrifying. I get shocked whenever I find out about unacceptable acts that are happening in my country or in some faraway place. Someone was murdered, someone was shot, or a person was robbed. When I see these on the television, I wonder if it’s ever going to stop, but every day, there’s always something new. I know that there are kind-hearted people out there who are willing to lend a helping hand to others, but there are still some loathsome humans in the world. It’s a sad reality.

    In fact, one cruel event happened very recently in my own country in Mamasapano, Maguindanao. Just a few weeks ago, 44 of my country’s soldiers were killed in a brutal encounter with Muslim rebels. I consider that event one of the cruelties in the world, but there are still people who are kind enough to help the families of the soldiers. They’ve risked their lives to protect those living in the Philippines which makes them our heroes. I’m hoping that one day, justice would be served for them and their families.

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