On the same day that I read Gariwo’s theme for this year’s Day of the Righteous would be “Saving the Humanity in Humankind. The Righteous and personal responsibility,” a disturbing story was circulating through the American news. Before I can explain why that particular news story gave extra urgency to Gariwo’s theme, I must first explain why I think Gariwo’s avoidance of painting gardens in any specific “political coloring” is so important.
The American anthropologist and Professor Craig T. Palmer gave a lesson to his students in which he talks about the Righteous, the reactions of anthropology students are diverse... "My immediate reaction was to apologize for not noticing that the student had arrived in an emotional state needing attention. But the student said nothing was wrong, then he added, it was 'just the story.' Then he said, 'I never knew there were people who would do that for other people.'”
If the abandonment of skepticism is necessary for propaganda to be effective enough to allow genocide to happen, then the presence of skepticism can prevent genocide. The Righteous communicate their skepticism when that behaviour counts most.
Although many of the stories told on the 20th anniversary of 9/11 will be the same stories told twenty years ago, changes in the political climate of the United States may produce variations in some of the stories. For example, many stories will probably be more “inclusive” by focusing on rescuers who are diverse in regard to their ethnicity or other identities...