“Whover saves one life, saves the world entire…”Schindler’s List
Life flows along like a song; that is until it doesn’t. Like a favorite brook or stream visited just the day before in a bucolic country setting–but now dried up from some cause out of our control–life can become so routine and expected in its ways that only a jarring from outside forces may awaken us to the beauty we loved and held to all along.
Most of us have experienced being on a train that enters a tunnel. It becomes narrow, dark, and we expect it to end when light appears. We have never been wrong in this expectation.
The heartbreaking film ‘Schindler’s List’ reminds us that life can change for us on the turn of a door nob. One day we are free, the next we open to a world that is suddenly silent but with demons waiting in the wings.
We understandably feel lost, shaken to our core by a new set of rules and reality. Such may be the case with you during this worldwide pandemic originating from Wuhan, China.
While disease knows no ideology, those at the epicenter must have some sense for what the people depicted by the characters in Shindler’s List felt as they were herded to death by brutal ideological captors.
We feel anxiety when life-altering change is thrust upon us. We feel panic at the threat of death, which means an ending to all we have come to know. It appears as a narrow tunnel with no escape.
Seeking peace with sudden changes may not be easy even when “everyone is in this together.”
But there are ways to both cope and mitigate the jarring effects of the sudden pandemic forces thrown at us.
Some with developed faith keep a bended knee to earth and clasped hands to heaven as their voices pray for mercy in the quest for light at the end of the tunnel. Others begin to do so for the first time. Still, others simply dig in their heels and determine what it is they can do as they question how we all got here in the first place. This is where Oscar Schindler comes in.
Few young people understand what one madman’s regime inflicted upon selected religious and other minorities just eight decades ago. One man stood against the cunning of Hitler and his killers of over 6 million Jews. A German factory owner kept buying lives. Now with freedom’s light at the end of a world at war tunnel, he mourns: “I could have saved more….”
When we think something like being shut-in drives us to anxiety and panic, imagine being human denied your home, family, food, health, basic rights, under constant threat of extermination in unimaginable and horrific ways.
Then imagine being a hero like Oscar Schindler — lifting, rescuing others…
Whatever comes of this present pandemic begun in Wuhan, being like Oscar was to the Jewish people meant the world now has tens of thousands more descendants to give thanks to one man for doing something.
The saying, “I may not be able to do everything, but I am able to do something…” has more meaning in moments like these. Perhaps it is simply our family, or maybe one friend, or perhaps even one stranger we can lift from despair. One thing is certain: doing something until the pandemic train reaches the end of the tunnel keeps us in the fight and who knows what it may mean to others?
We honor our first-line of defense responders to this new world of “shelter in place” and shutdowns. They include:
All health care workers, law enforcement, and fire & rescue personnel. Truckers and shippers, grocers, essential military, local and national government agencies tasked to keep necessary services operative, custodial help, and many more. God bless them all.
This movie clip says it all as the people Oscar Schindler saved during a manmade worldwide catastrophe known as World War Two’s holocaust offer him the best gift of gratitude they can; a simple gold ring made from the tooth filling of one prisoner. WATCH: