There are some things that are hard to look at. It ranges from covering one’s eyes during a movie to averting the gaze of someone we would rather avoid. It ranges from a child falling and skinning a knee to the horrors of genocide. But to focus on the event or the picture that is in front of us can miss the point.

It is a historical fact that there are those who look even on genocide with very different perspectives. Between our prejudices, our culture, and our life circumstance we all know that what different people see varies beyond what we can fathom.

Sean Niestrath lives and ministers in Madisonville. You may contact him via email at

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