[quote]”Precisely at the same hour in which Mehring and Langner were being done to death, the overwhelming plurality of human beings, two miles away on the Polish farms, five thousand miles away in New York, were sleeping or eating or going to a film or making love or worrying about the dentist. This is where my imagination balks. The orders of simultaneous experience are so different, so irreconcilable to any common norm of human values, their coexistence is so hideous a paradox – Treblinka is both because some men have built it and almost all other men let it be – that I puzzle over time..” ..
..”This notion of different orders of time simultaneous but in no effective analogy or communication” Steiner continues, “may be necessary to the rest of us, who were not there, who lived as if on an other planet.” Quite so – especially when (and the fact is often forgotten) for millions of Americans the embodiment of evil during that time was not the Nazis, despised and feared as they were, but the legions of Japanese soldiers who swarmed the jungles of the Pacific.... The nexus between these “different orders of time” is, of course – for those of us who were not there – someone who was there, and this brings me back to Sophie. [unquote]
“This notion of different orders of time simultaneous but in no effective analogy or communication” … “may be necessary to the rest of us, who were not there, who lived as if on an other planet.”
It is reasonable to assume that travel and pursuit of knowledge bridge this difference in orders of time. One becomes a ‘nexus’, aware of what the other world beholds. But these ‘other worlds’ are innumerable. The more you learn of something the more you realize that there is a vaster ocean of knowledge and experiences of which you are blissfully unaware. I find it impossible that one could find a certain root cause to a certain event. After all, aren’t these events driven by micro level choices, the micro by nano, (and eventually somewhere down the hierarchy of stimulants) the sub-atomic activity that quantum mechanics assigns to randomness? The larger events are thus driven by randomness.