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    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

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    that people are really

    good at heart.

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    I simply can't build up my hopes on a foundation consisting of

    confusion

    misery

    and

    death.

    I see the world being gradually 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 right, that

    this cruelty too will end

    and that

    peace

    and tranquillity

    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.

    Yours,

    Anne

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