So we chose a difficult book this month, Les Miserables, which none of us could finish reading before our meeting last Friday. There were too many irrelevant details in the book. In fact I cheated. I went to see the musical in Jacksonville and I borrowed the DVD from the library to get the storyline. Imagine my surprise when this morning on twitter I came across a post with this link to Lessons from Jean Valjean, Jean Valjean being the main character in Les Mis.
The main lesson in the book, I think, is compassion. A bishop had compassion on Jean, a former convict, and Jean changed his life expressing compassion to everyone he met and in turn changed the lives of many. The injustice in France at the time was highlighted. Jean was sentenced to 10 years in prison for stealing a loaf of bread. His question to the courts at the time is relevant today, it was something to this effect, "Don't you know what it's like to be hungry and not to be able find any work?"