On the guilt and fear
Dear Mr. Holdt,
You were very right when you said at the beginning that I would feel ashamed at the end of the evening. But I don't feel ashamed because I feel like I have reaped the benefits of an unjust system. I felt ashamed because the most overwhelming emotion I experienced at seeing the lives of the people you spoke of was fear. It terrifies me to think that the world is such a cold, indifferent place where people are forced to eat dirt while others dine on caviar, and frightens me even more that it seems there is no protection from that end.
I am ashamed because fear for my own well-being overrides my desire for change, and ashamed as well for the fact that it is attitudes like mine that keep the oppressed, oppressed.
I thank you for showing me reality for once, and for giving me the opportunity
to face my own shortcomings and indifference, in the hope that I may overcome