“I see the world gradually being turned into a wilderness. I hear the ever-approaching thunder, which will destroy us too. I can feel the sufferings of millions and yet, if I look up into the heavens, I think that it will all come out right. In the meantime, I must uphold my ideals, for perhaps the time will come when I shall be able to carry them out.” – Anne Frank, from The Diary of Anne Frank
As pointed out these words were from Anne Frank. Here is some of what Wikipedia says about her
Annelies Marie “Anne” Frank 12 June 1929 – early March 1945) is one of the most renowned and most discussed Jewish victims of theHolocaust. Acknowledged for the quality of her writing, her diary has become one of the world’s most widely read books, and has been the basis for several plays and films.
Born in the city of Frankfurt am Main in Weimar Germany, she lived most of her life in or near Amsterdam, in the Netherlands. By nationality, she was officially considered a German until 1941, when she lost her nationality owing to the anti-Semitic policies of Nazi Germany (the Nuremberg Laws). She gained international fame posthumously following the publication of her diary, which documents her experiences hiding during the German occupation of the Netherlands in World War II.
Here is a girl under 15 years of age when she wrote the words above. One of the quotes that I appreciate the most goes something like this “Extraordinary times create extraordinary people”. Anne Frank was definitely one of those people. Her ability to relate the circumstances of Hitler’s crusade against the Jews was astounding. How could a fifteen year old accumulate such wisdom!
If you have never read the Diary of Anne Frank you should take the time to do it soon. It will put some things in you life in more perspective. Yes, we are suffering through some tough economic times around the world today but it is nothing like what a fifteen year old suffered almost eighty years ago.
Anne Frank, and others like her inspire me to try to view the world around me with some optimism.