Anne Frank's Faith In Humanity
On Saturday, July 15, 1944—two years into her life in hiding, and even longer into a nightmarish world war—Anne Frank recorded in her diary a deeply-felt statement of her belief in humanity's essential goodness. She would die in the camps the following March, but her message still resonates powerfully.
That's the difficulty in these times: ideals, dreams, and cherished hopes rise within us, only to meet the horrible truth and be shattered.
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 simply can't build up my hopes on a foundation consisting of
I see the world being gradually turned into a
I hear the ever approaching
which will destroy us too,
I can feel the
and yet, if I
into the heavens
I think that it will all come right, that
this cruelty too will end
will return again.
In the meantime, I must uphold my ideals, for perhaps the time will come when I shall be able to carry them out.