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everyone else. It seems that being human is more of being part of a system and being like everyone else, than being an individual. In order to be morally just, one must follow the laws and the system, even if they work against you, rather than for you. Men’s minds have been warped to believe that justice is merely a state of mind. Elie Wiesel searches for his Utopian society amid the horrors of the Holocaust. His book Night, gives an autobiographical account of his real-life nightmares during World War II. He had seen things that no one should be forced to see; things that may have swayed his once immovable faith in God. In a world of despair, where the Nazis had unlimited power over the Jews, a Utopian society where are all equal seemed unattainable. It was sadly simple, one

group (the Germans) had the power and ability to eliminate another group that they deemed subordinate, so they tried to erase them. Elie had high religious morals. He strongly believed that the power of prayer could overcome all, although this belief became questionable as his horrors continued. He loved his family very much, and wanted to stick by his father through thick and thin from the beginning. Even in the end, his only concern was that his father survived. Survival was of dire importance, and in order to survive one needed to keep his faith in God and his love for his family. The light in someone’s eyes showed if he was alive or dead, once that light was lost, the body followed. I wanted to use some quotes from The Diary of Anne Frank in order to complimented Wiesel’s

accounts, but I found I learned much more from observing the ongoing, daily tribulations than finding one exact quote. The holocaust consisted of so much gradual torture and the best quotation that can be used is an entire book as opposed to one small insignificant sentence. Cornel West brings the issu e of Utopian society to our modern-day lives. Regarded as one of the greatest thinkers and racial leaders in the world today, his book Race Matters not only expresses his feelings about the situation of the human race today, but it also provides some suggestions and optimism for the future. He states that although Whites have much of the political and social power in today’s world, Blacks do not due entirely too much to help their situation. He confronts prejudice but expresses

his belief that all races share the same destiny. According to Newsday, “West’s thinking consistently challenges the conventional wisdom [and] confronts the reader with profound and unsettling insights.” (West, back cover) West calls for some positive action to be taken in order to make all races truly equal. He sees many differences among all races, but he feels that this is natural, and each must be understanding of the next. In the book Jews and Blacks, West was asked to comment on how to confront the problem of anti-Semitism by inner-city Blacks. “You have to convince people that it is a problem.” He states. “Black people are facing so many difficult issues today-Blacks don’t have enough resources, and food and housing and health care and so forth-that it’s

not always obvious to African-Americans that alongside of these there’s also the problem of anti-Semitism.” (Lerner and West, p.249) West’s Race Matters explains his ideas and beliefs in full detail. He pushes for a Utopian society, in which all races get along and treat each other as equals. He says that we as a human race need to see things from “all angles.” One must step back and look at the entire picture before making a judgement. Perhaps the most meaningful point that Mr. West tries to express is that our society as a whole needs strong leaders. Today we lack strong racial leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. Very much like Martin Luther King, West dreams of a day when one group does not have any social advantages over another. He dreams of a

day when there is no power struggle between races. Through each of these monumental works, we learn some important lessons about the human race. West, Wiesel, and Kafka preach against the alienation and segregation that we create in our society. We design our governments and create our political systems in order to aid us in dealing with each other, however, they have been obscured through time. Now they have begun to work against us, alienating us from each other. Justice has truly become in the eye of the beholder, as its rules and regulations have become as cold as stone. I see the main theme in Night, Race Matters, and The Trial as being “the impossible quest for a Utopian society.” The struggle over power has created a wall between different groups. Whether this be the