Blessed with generosity?

Remember Anne Frank’s statement from her diary: “I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart.”

Roger Rosenblatt, in an essay in the book Time/CBS News People of the Century, comments: “She was not simply born blessed with generosity; she struggled toward it by way of self-doubt, impatience, rage, ennui—all the things that test the value of the mind.”

Rosenblatt says that Anne’s next words are revealing: “I simply can’t build my hope on a foundation consisting of confusion, misery and death….I think that it will all come right, that this cruelty will end, that peace and tranquility will return again….I must uphold my ideals, for perhaps the time will come when I shall be able to carry them out.”

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