As promised before for a review, my view is, I enjoyed reading it as a good book, although I still find it a wonder how she can write that well in such a young age. If I were to say my true thought about it, it will invite some disagreement, so I’ll just keep that to myself. But there are several things she wrote that grabbed my attention and made me want to write again, this time differently in a way I have not able to explore yet. Unfortunately, it is written elsewhere.
However much, I could see how she matures throughout the 2 year time she was in hiding, don’t know how she manage to read all the books like she mentioned in that book. But when you have all the time in the world in hiding, reading books is perhaps the only way to keep our brain sane enough or fed at least. I can’t imagine being in hiding that long and have nothing to do but face each other’s perks & quirks.
So I am going to write a little bit what Anne Frank thought in the book which is:
1) “It’s really a wonder that I haven’t dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.”
I thought she experienced some sort of torture along the way, but it is a good way to reflect to ourselves that no matter what happens, no one was born a bad person, but the choices,experience,surrounding and other factors contributed to it. I guess we could say, that we ought to still have good opinion to people, even if we have gone through a bad situation but it doesn’t mean that everyone is the same. As for the person who wronged us, hopefully one day all the wrong things will be put right in a matter of time.
2) “Anyhow, I’ve learned one thing now. You only really get to know people when you’ve had a jolly good row with them. Then and then only can you judge their true characters!”
This is very much true, some people when we have a jolly good row, it make use closer or know them better what they like or don’t like. If we care enough for the person, we will try to change or make peace or attempt to solve whatever issue we have with the people whom we care. But other times, when we have a ‘good’ row with them it can also turn bad,only after these row , we can see their true characters,when that happens, we have to decide whether or not we still want to maintain a good relation or get out from such situation that may cause further harm or danger in the future. Family is a good kind of row, because we can’t choose our family ,we can only accept them the way they already are (the good and bad side). But those who aren’t, well then we have to decide that for ourselves whether its a good row or a bad row. If its bad, then, row as fast as you can from such situation.
3) “Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.”
This was written prior to her mother’s opinion when she was always assumed such and such by her mother who thinks that we should think about those who is in worst condition than us – meaning that we should not be too sad about our condition when there is other people in sadder condition. Both the mother and Anne’s opinion are the same thing looked from a different perspective.
The mother feels that we should not be too sad, but the daughter feels that we should be happy with whatever we already have. Both way is right, but how we want to perceive it makes a difference. Do we want to not be too sad about our situation or still be happy despite the sad situation we have?
4) “Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.”
This applies to all, other than parents, it means anyone can give a good advice whenever we have any problem or issue to solve, but at the end of the day it is up to us to decide our own future. We can accept or reject people’s opinion, which I call it as ‘filtering’ whenever my parents gives a good/not-so-good advice but in the end, after weighing people’s opinion and ask ourselves what we want to do, its up to us.
P/S: Just because I say so, it doesn’t mean that you should only think of yourselves, it is important also to take into account our parents opinion.