Religion without grace creates two types of people: those that become prideful because they can keep all the “rules,” and depressed people because they cannot. Religion in itself doesn’t bring peace and that has become quite apparent.
This is what Martin Luther King Jr called “The Drum Major Instinct” in his last sermon before he was murdered. The desire of the human heart to be first—the pride and self-righteousness that people perpetuate onto others more often than not result in violence and hate for another as they themselves attempt to reach supremacy. It’s just so easy to take that form through religion. The idea that “we” know right and are better because of what “we” believe. Love doesn’t insist on its own way, and so in the absence of that, people will kill those that are different or that are perceived to be weaker. But children? That’s a whole other evil that I wasn’t prepared to read about and see.
One mistake that a people can make is to think that they can never get to that point. That these types of behaviors only belong to primitive people. We have to remember that through one of the most educated and technological advanced societies of the world in the early 20th Century, Germany has done many similar atrocities over an ideology that they were greater than the rest.
My point isn’t meant for pessimism, but rather to remind and encourage, because through these stories there is a hope and a renewed focus to live abundantly in serving others.
Thank you for making time to listen and leaving a comment. For me personally, this track is dark in a sense of being lost through the sadness of it all rather than being purely frightening. It has been quite therapeutic.