I've been reading a lot of books recently about WW2 and the Holocaust, some non fiction and some historical fiction. Understand I am currently juggling 7 of them, so I have finished none but as I hop back and forth between them it has given me pause and caused me to really think about what sort of human I really am.
I am now stuck wondering if I would have the internal fortitude to withstand life in a concentration camp, had I been Jewish, or to accept death if imminent. Would I be willing to sacrifice myself for the greater good? Would I fight back? Or if I would have the courage to speak up if I saw a political/social wrong? Or have the strength to offer shelter or resources to someone who needed it? Or join some resistance movement? Or might I just be one of the masses occupied with my own life and turn a blind eye? Or would I just feign helplessness and cry myself to sleep because of my lack of involvement?
I like to think I would be noble and do the right thing, but I have never lived through any similar circumstances so I honestly don't know what I would do or how I would act. And that uncertainty really bothers me. I sincerely hope I never have to find out!
Do any of you ever create hypothetical situations and wonder what you would do? Or am I just some extremely weird piece of cheese with way too many books and too much thinking time on my hands?
The only thing I know for sure is after I finish these books I am going to read some vapid, mindless chick book.