historic or hysteric

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Tuesday’s forecast: There’s a strong chance that your beautiful day, sunny with a high of 72, will be blasted with coverage of the massive snow storm in Northeast. If the relentless on-the-scene updates from battered TV reporters is too much for you, we recommend you shelter in place, ideally on a nice patio or near a large picture window, and wait for the coverage to pass.
We’re getting hit with snow, which is not unusual here in New England, but not as much as they, the warners, warned. Don’t get me wrong–I’m very grateful to be inside. It’s wicked cold out theya, as they, the real ones who know these things, say. As long as the power stays on, I’m good. We’ll get to the shoveling soon enough. But apparently, the storm decided to bypass the New York area. Well, not bypass, but…let’s let Louis CK tell you about it:
Dear friend,

Hi. It’s Louis CK here to make sure everyone knows that my show tomorrow at Madison Square Garden has been canceled. All ticket holders will automatically get a refund. I am really sorry about this and I am surprised to learn as I write this that there is only one L in the word canceled. I’ll have to take my phone’s word for it. But it doesn’t look right to me.

In any case, there seems to be a massive storm approaching New York City. They are calling this storm “historic” which…. Well I didn’t know you could call a thing historic if it hasn’t happened yet. But I’m not one to defy future historic events. And I have to be respectful of the responsibility I have to the 15,000 people who are holding tickets to the show and could be stranded somewhere historically trying to get to or from my show. I think it’s clearly better that I alter history in the name of safety and cancel. Besides, if you’ve ever tried to get your deposit back when you rent a banquet hall for a wedding that gets snowed out, you don’t want to even know what the deposit is on Madison Square Jesus Christing Garden is.

So. No show. I will be on Letterman tonight, though. So you can yell boo right at my stupid and very handsome face on your tv screen or on your paper towel or your watch or whatever you view Letterman on.

Also I will be contacting you very soon about my new standup special which will be historically available only on my website louisck.net very soon.

I really want to thank everyone who came to the shows at MSG. It was an incredible experience. The audiences were great. And the crew at MSG is classy and professional.

Okay. That’s it. I have to do some laundry now.

Take care of yourself and don’t be a jerk to people.

Louis CK.

Perspective is a wonderful thing, isn’t it?

At the bottom of my Chrome screen, I found this:

Remembering the liberation of Auschwitz

Go ahead. Click on the link.

Yes, perspective.

But we with our myopic vision of history, with everything today available instantaneously, we also are a bit deaf.

Nobody wanted to hear our stories: Israeli Auschwitz survivors look back

The newly-formed state of Israel would not hear the stories of the survivors because they were too focused on their own survival, they say.

So now, some people are trying to listen, before it just becomes history. Heather Dune Macadam, a Holocaust biographer and author of Rena’s Promise: A Story of Sisters in Auschwitzis now producing a new documentary First Transport to Auschwitz – The Story of 999 Girls. 

“These stories are so powerful,” Heather said. “This is about genocide, and genocide always begins with young women. If you want to destroy a race of people, you attack the young women.”

(Read more about it here.)

But here is what Rabbi Jonathan Sacks wrote in honor of Holocaust Memorial Day, marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

Four different myths have been created about the Holocaust. The Iranian version is that it didn’t happen: it was invented by Jews to further the aims of Zionism. Another is that it half-happened, and the pity is that Hitler did not finish the job. The third is that it happened and the Jews deserved it. The fourth is that it happened but now Jews are the new Nazis and Palestinians the new Jews.

Anti-Semitism makes cognitive dissonance bearable by turning the question, “Why has this happened?” into the question, “Who did this to me?” If it is someone else’s fault, not mine, I can preserve my self-respect. I become the victim not the perpetrator. Crimes against humanity then become holy deeds, done to avenge my people or my faith. That is what turns ordinary human beings into Crusaders in one age, Nazis in another, and suicide bombers and terrorists in a third.

As long as students are taught at madrassahs that Jews are the enemy of humankind, extremists will be condemning Islam, a noble faith, to self-inflicted injury for generations to come. To be free, you have to let go of hate. There is no other way.

Perhaps there is no other way, but is there any way at all, really? Let me leave off with the words of Auschwitz survivor Marta Wise, who has earned the authority to speak.

“I used to be an optimist until a few years ago, but the situation in the Middle East has changed and the world does not notice anything,” she said, speaking days after the terror attacks in Paris. “Reading the newspaper in the past few days is just like reading the newspaper in the 1930s.”

“The world has not changed at all,” Wise said. “The bottom line is it can happen again and it is happening again in many places, not necessarily to the Jews, but to anyone.”

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