Cramm This Book: So You Know WTF Is Going On in the World Today Book Review

When we get to a certain age, it is not uncommon to see the younger generation as lazy, entitled, or selfish. While this may be true for some, the truth is that young people are not always what their elders think they are.

Cramm This Book: So You Know WTF Is Going On in the World Today was published last month. Written by The Cramm founder Olivia Seltzer, this book takes both historical events and news headlines and explains them in a way that Gen Z would understand. Diving into contemporary issues (Black Lives Matter, Me Too, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, climate change, etc), she explains the history behind each and how that history has impacted its current status.

Reading this book gives me hope for the future. Though it is written for a certain audience, the appeal does not stop beyond the age of 25. Her ability to translate the past into understandable chunks is the key to its success. Its the type of book that if used in an academic setting, has the potential to make history come alive and feel relevant.

My only issue is that the section on what is going on in the Middle East (with Israel in particular) is missing some important facts that complete the story.

Other than that, do I recommend it? Yes.

Why?

A young boy, not even 5 years old, lies dead on a beach in Turkey. His family, escaping from the  massacre and destruction in Syria, hoped that Turkey would provide the safety and security that was lost in their homeland. He was not the only member of his family to lose his life in the flight for freedom. He is not the only person who has died in their quest to freedom and security,  especially considering the volatile political and social environment in the Middle East.

The true tragedy of the current situation is that human beings are being used a social, political and religious pawns by their fellow human beings.  Life is no longer sacred, something to be cherished and respected.  The basic right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness has been replaced with my or the grave.

My heart is broken, not just for this young boy, who did not have even the opportunity to live, but for the many innocent people who have lost their lives in pursuit of safety and security.

In the midst of this death and destruction, the UN remains silent. The noble and honorable mission of the UN’s founders have been replaced by cowards and hypocrites.

Why?

 

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