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Today I have watched an astonishing number of war movies on television in honor of Memorial Day. Men shooting at each other, at buildings, at airplanes, at bunkers, at gas tanks. It seems that people shouldn’t shoot at each other any more in modern life. But they don’t listen to me and they do it anyway. Even though I wish people did not shoot each other any more I surrender to the parts of the movies about heroes, where John Wayne orders the bodies of the paratroopers cut down, where young men belay each other up hills, where someone runs across a field or through water or down a ravine, to save someone else. I see value in training and learning and following orders. Politics are one kind of thing. People being brave and following difficult orders are something other.

Anne Frank said it better.

Despite everything, I believe that people are good at heart.

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  • 05/25/09
    7:18 pm

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    The Cape House said...

    I love that quote. It is exactly how I try to approach the world.

  • 05/25/09
    7:21 pm

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    midlife slices said...

    I usually try to find the good in everyone even when it comes back to bite me in the arse sometimes. Thanks for reminding all of us.

  • 05/25/09
    8:25 pm

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    Buckeroomama said...

    That’s a comforting thought… and one that we’d all do well to keep in mind.

  • 05/26/09
    6:29 am

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    Maureen at IslandRoar said...

    I think that is my favorite quote of all time. These war movies can get very emotional. Especially when one has sons. Thank you.

  • 04/20/11
    6:57 pm

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    Danielle said...

    I love that quote but it hurts me too. Because she wrote it before being captured and seeing the worst humanity has to offer… what humans can be reduced to when forced to survive in brutal conditions.

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