Sunday, August 19, 2007


What if God fails you? What if you fail yourself? What if humanity fails? Elie Wiesel’s  Night is a tale of such failures of great magnitude. It is the author’s testimony to the events of the Nazis’ concentration camps.

He speaks of the day they were lead away from the ghetto where they lived that was dedicated for Jews:

The streets resembled fairgrounds deserted in haste. There was a little of everything: suitcases, briefcases, bags, knives, dishes, banknotes, papers, faded portraits. All things one planned to take along and finally left behind. They had ceased to matter.

A man tells the young Elie and his father what was in store for them in Auschwitz the concentration camp:

“Over there. Do you see the chimney over there? Do you see it? And the flames, do you see them?” (Yes, we saw the flames.) “Over there, that’s where they will take you. Over there will be your grave. You still don’t understand? You sons of bitches. Don’t you understand anything? You will be burned! Burned to a cinder! Turned into ashes!”

He speaks of the horror of witnessing a child’s hanging and losing faith in God:

But the third rope was still moving: the child, too light, was still breathing…

And so he remained for more than half an hour, lingering between life and death, writhing before our eyes. And we were forced to look at him at close range. He was still alive when I passed him. His tongue was still red, his eyes not yet extinguished.

Behind me, I heard the same man asking:

“For God’s sake, where is God?”

And from within me, I heard a voice answer:

“Where He is? This is where– hanging here from this gallows…”

He speaks of his sorrow of not having answered his ailing father’s calls:

The officer came closer and shouted to him to be silent. But my father did not hear. He continued to call me. The officer wielded his club and dealt him a violent blow to the head.

I didn’t move. I was afraid, my body was afraid of another blow, this time to my head.”

The author was among the survivors. Yet he was never the same. Failure came in many shapes and forms: failure of God to protect his creatures; failure of humanity to prevent this great evil from taking place; his own failure to answer the calls of his father.

We often confront failure in life. The pain could be great and it may seem we are living the night’s darkest hour. But no matter how long pain persists and bleak night gets, there will always be the break of dawn.


Unknown said...

sounds like a good book...

i always believed that everything happens for a reason, people that have cancer, people that are blind , all that stuff...i believe god has a reason for doing that so i just believe, that we dont have all the answer and we dont know it all, he does.

i think we all have our days when we feel like that's it...its the lowest point of ourlives, and we think we'll never get over it..but sure enough we do...the greatest thing about humans is the gift to forget and move on. could be a curse too, but we forget alot of our bad memories, so they dont pull us down, and sure enough dawn always comes around.

thanks for the post, i needed it almost forgot about dawn :)

Anonymous said...

I don't think God ever fails us; God never brings bad to his creatures, NEVER. Its we who brings failure to ourselves, it's we who attracted it in the way we are thinking. All what happen to us whether good or bad is a response of what we believe in, and to our inner thinking.

Now we shouldn't expect God bringing us success and happiness if we're thinking of failure and sadness! and then blame God or others! Whatever we think, feel and believe will comes to reality. If you think of failure, guess what? You'll get failure. If you think of success, you'll get success. We attract the failure when we think of it. So if there is someone to be blamed for the failure, it’s the person himself.

Bu Ziyad said...

d: hang in there.. you will see through it like night turns into day..

deem: sometimes failure happens in spite of our best efforts.. at the end of the day we have to try our best and be positive.. this is what really matters.. success or failure is not entirely in our own control..

Anonymous said...

I disagree with you Bu Ziyad,it is under our own control :)

If u want to success, feel it and beleive in it, you'll success! That easy. Its not about efforts and not about HOW to success. It's asking for it, beleive in it, feel it as if ur already success, then what you'll receive is success..

Don't think about how will i success, just put it as your goal and you'll get it, it's like when u drive your car at night going back home, you don't see the whole road, but only two miles, then another 2 miles till you get to your home. Thats how it works..