Where books and movies are concerned, I might seem the shallowest, biggest chicken anyone will ever meet. In my defense, I'm not shallow. I'm pretty much a tank of sympathy/empathy. Sad or scary plots bother me not for weeks, but usually for months. Possibly forever. Horror completely creeps me out. The subject of war (another horror) breaks my heart. And I don't like stories with unhappy endings. I also don't really like stories that are unhappy until the ending. I mean, why?
It's not that I haven't been exposed or exposed myself. Even for Tremors, I had to dip my toes into research about the Black Death. It's just that a little goes a long way with me. I don't need more.
But I -- The Great Chicken -- the one who likes reading about happy people in happy places during happy times and absolutely RELISHES happy endings -- have recently begun looking into books about the Great Plague/Bubonic Plague/Black Death. I'm hoping to find words of encouragement and hope from those very dark times. Were they darker than now? Personally, I'm not convinced that they were.
And, as always, some well-written fiction concerning the subject is also most welcome. There are so many lists currently out there. I like this short one from Book Riot. It's crazy because it's not even a new list. It's from 2018. Still, it covers the basics and is less painful than some others.
I'm not sure which book recommendation I'll start with. Please share if there’s one you’ve found especially moving or interesting. I'll keep you posted!
Every person, every culture is, of course, unique. Isn't that a relief? If we were all the same, a uni-culture -- what fun would that be? But we also need to remember that we have things in common -- important, fundamental, elemental things. We all have hopes and dreams. Souls. We share humanity. We share this world.
Surely, the past, present, and future connect in this miraculous state we call life. In this light, history and all human experience are ever-present.
Wouldn't it be nice, then, if we could enjoy each other, if we could appreciate and celebrate our differences?
Let us love! Let us have fun. Let us toast each other and wish each other well. Now,
in our awareness, is the time to be happy, to live to our purest, highest standards.
We're all in this together.