Real Wisdom

I just finished watching on You Tube: Sophie Scholl – The Final Days (2005)  and all I have to say is, “WOW!”

In short, Sophie Scholl and her brother spoke out against the Nazi Regime and the egregious acts taking place in their country (Germany), most notably the Jewish death camps. She took risks most wouldn’t dare to take. When she and her brother were arrested, she owned the charges that were brought against her. She believed so much in her cause, that she stood tall at her trial, telling the court that where she is today, they will be tomorrow. How right her predictions were. Sophie had strength, courage and confidence that I cannot even fathom. At the age of 21, Sophie walked to her Execution with her head held high — that takes guts!
I believe in my heart that what is happening to animals, especially farm animals, is the equivalent to the Holocaust (www.269life.com). I speak out against the egregious abuse because I believe it is wrong. However, if this were another time, another place, and speaking out could bring death upon me, would I be willing to die for my cause like Sophie? I believe I would. Her sacrifice opened people’s eyes to what was really happening in Nazi Germany. Sophie is a hero. I hope you’ll take the time to learn about her story.
Best,
GE

World in Motion

Today I came across this quote from Sophie Scholl, a woman I greatly admire for being part of the White Rose resistance to Hitler in WWII, executed in 1943 at the age of 21.     Especially with all the craziness in the world today, and all the mundane distractions in life, I think this is a very powerful, meaningful and profound quote.

Please read this.  Think about it.  Live it!

“The real damage is done by those millions who want to ‘survive.’ The honest men who just want to be left in peace. Those who don’t want their little lives disturbed by anything bigger than themselves. Those with no sides and no causes. Those who won’t take measure of their own strength, for fear of antagonizing their own weakness. Those who don’t like to make waves—or enemies. Those for whom freedom, honor, truth, and principles are only literature. Those…

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2 thoughts on “Real Wisdom

  1. It’s especially powerful knowing that the film is made to be as true as possible to the real transcripts of what happened (including going over interviews of her cell mate after the war, the son of the interrogator, etc.)

    There is another film, “Downfall” which shows the last days of Hitler’s regime through the eyes of his personal secretary, Traudel Junge. You see how she is loyal but also watching the regime fall. At the end of the film they have her (the real one, not the actress) with an elderly voice say that after the war she never felt guilty. She didn’t know about the holocaust, she thought she was serving her country. Then one day she came upon the tribute to Sophie Scholl (she was from Munich too) and realize that they were both Bavarian girls born the same year. She started working for Hitler the year Sophie was killed. She realized then that she should have known. She’d closed her eyes.

    I have to ask myself, would I be Traudel, going with the flow, closing my eyes to reality in order not to have challenge the conventional wisdom, or would I be like Sophie, awake and seeing through the fog. That’s why I like your blog, you challenge to look at things like food industry and animal cruelty that are so, so easy to overlook. It makes me ask myself difficult questions.

    Anyway, thanks for the comment, reblog and for watching the film!

    • I’m going to add Downfall to my list of movies to watch. Thanks for the recommendation (and keep em coming). I am fascinated by history it is my favorite subject.

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