Saturday, September 29, 2012

E N D E R

Every once in a while, you read a book or watch a movie or hear a song that marks you - that touches you in a profound way to the core; that changes you. Your worldview has shifted, your perspective changed, your outlook altered.

Ender's Game is one of those soul stirring pieces for me.


I'm not entirely sure what it is about the book that had such an effect on me. Maybe its the pure goodness of Ender himself. Maybe it's the Games that the book revolves around. Maybe it's the dynamic between Ender and his two siblings. 

I'm sure in a few days or weeks it'll come to me. I'll realize what I see differently and know exactly why. Until that time, I'll leave you with this excerpt:

   "And it came down to this: In the moment when I truly understand my enemy, understand him well enough to defeat him, then in that very moment I also love him. I think it's impossible to really understand somebody, what they want, what they believe, and not love them the way they love themselves. And then, in that very moment when I love them--"
   "You beat them."
   "No, you don't understand. I destroy them. I make it impossible for them to ever hurt me again. I grind them and grind them until they don't exist."