Sometimes, the weakest are the strongest.

While reading Night by Elie Wiesel, I noticed how the selection effected the men in the concentration camps. They became worried and scared when they found out that a selection would be coming soon. During the selection, the men who looked the weakest were taken out of the group and killed. The SS officers demonstrated no mercy, and if a man couldn’t prove to be fit, he was sent to his death. As horrid and awful as this may sound, I find that many people do the same in  today’s society. Although those who are considered weak do not get killed, they must endure pain and suffering. If a boy in school isn’t good at a certain sport or subject, and is considered “weak” in that area, the chances he gets bullied is incredibly high. Through that bullying, he must endure the name-calling, the shoves into lockers, and whatever else bullies throw his way.  It saddens me to see so many potentially amazing people, changing themselves and blending in, in order to avoid being called out as “weak”. However, if being “strong” is about being like everyone else, I’m not so sure that I would want to be strong. We’re all on the same team, trying to get through life, so why not help each other instead of  picking out the “weakest” people? It’s not fair to criticize someone on what they aren’t good at, because they may be amazing at something else. Many bullies pick their targets by seeing whom they believe is  “weaker” than them. However, the person considered as “weak” is actually strong. In fact, they are probably stronger than their bully. They endure venom and hate thrown their way, and then some. At the end of the day, they’ve gone through more than their bullies have, they are living proof that sometimes, the weakest are the strongest.

Click here to read an article about how bullies typically pick their targets.

-Kim

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