We should maintain that if an interpretation of any word in any religion leads to disharmony and does not positively further the welfare of the many, then such an interpretation is to be regarded as wrong; that is, against the will of God, or as the working of Satan or Mara.

Buddhadasa Bikkhu, a Thai Buddhist Monk

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

I'm on night duty with a hundred corpse-like patients, wrecks of humanity...Many have tuberculosis, enterocolitis (constant diarrhea) and huge bed sores...Patients wear just pajama shirts as they can't get the bottoms down fast enough to use commodes.

God, where are you?

Lt. June Wandrey,
Nurse, Seventh Army
Caring for Dachau Death Camp Survivors
From: Bedpan Commando: The Story of a Combat Nurse During World War II (Elmore, 1989)
Quoted in: Rick Atkinson, The Guns at Last Light (Henry Holt, 2013), p.  614