It seems very odd that I’m currently in a place where the whole emphasis is on feeling and looking good, and I’m reading a book that deals with the Nazis and their inhuman treatment of the Jews.* I’m at a place where I’m being pampered into good health and I read about people being denied their basic food and sanitation.
All around me I hear talk of glowing skin, and hair colouring, while somewhere not too far from here there must be people struggling to keep body and soul together.
How divorced those of of us who ‘have’ are from the reality of the lives other people lead. While I am going for brisk walks to lose weight, I see the farmers at 6 pm working to get a field ready for planting. I see women and men carrying heavy loads of sand, all part of a hard days work, while I attempt to lose the weight I’ve put on by being lazy! I wonder what these workers make of our diets and our walks! I wonder who is richer?
I found this today – a note scribbled while I was on a 15-day programme at Jindal’s Nature Cure Institute, Bangalore in 2011. The book I was reading at the time was A Garden of Eden in Hell: The Life of Alice Herz-Sommer