Survival takes courage. Creativity takes courage. The ability to create beauty while struggling to survive under disheartening conditions takes the most courage of all.
It is in our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light. [Aristotle Onassis]
If it were not for hopes, the heart would break.
They could hang signs declaring their love of this country, and they could wave the flag, and pledge their allegiance. No matter. They couldn't change the way they looked.
Strictly limited to what they could take with them, these people were forced to leave behind most of their possessions, their homes and businesses, and were packed into buses for relocation to numerous camps around the country, where they lived in barracks, horse stalls, and various makeshift buildings, and were confined within barbed wire-topped fences under armed guard. For three and a half years.
Yet even so, even under these conditions, creativity survived.
The purpose of art is nothing less than the upliftment of the human spirit. [Pope John Paul II]
In light of the times, do you think the internment was justified? Did it protect the country from them ... or did it maybe protect THEM from the hatred of their fellow citizens?
On Friday, the story continues...
Until then, take care of yourselves. And each other.