Thursday, June 01, 2006

Rereading Beloved

Recently, The New York Times named Toni Morrison's Beloved the best book published in the past 25 years. I took that opportunity to read the book another time.

Awesome. Just awesome.

Read the book if you haven't.

Because slavery can be a concept to you that you might choose to discuss rationally. This book tells you that taking a human being as a slave is beyond barbarism. It cannot be dismissed. It ought not be discussed without an open heart and a willingness to understand pain and love.

I am so lucky to be able to read this book. Morrison shows us that choosing to see each other and treat each other as less than human has consequences that should sicken us all. It's not about blame or guilt. It's about logical consequences.

If you haven't read it, read it now. Read it often. Then read it again.