I have no idea how I’ve gotten to my age without ever having read Of Mice and Men. But today I put an end that gap in my literary education, and so far, so good.
The beginning of the book features an essay on Steinbeck by Susan Shillinglaw, who at the time was a professor of English and the director of the Center for Steinbeck Studies at San Jose State University.
As part of giving a detailed overview of Steinbeck and his work; Shillinglaw shared these words from Steinbeck back in 1938:
In every bit of honest writing in the world, there is a base theme. Try to understand men, if you understand each other you will be kind to each other. Knowing a man well never leads to hate and nearly always leads to love.
Does it get any simpler than that?
We all know the world desperately needs more kindness and less hate.
And Steinbeck offered us a solution over 80 years ago.
Maybe it’s time we took notice…
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