In 2008, Edward Robb Ellis’s, A Diary of the Century: Tales from America’s Greatest Diarist, was published. In it, the retired journalist chronicled his life from 1927 to 1995, keeping track of what was happening in his life, and the world.
On May 29, 1940, just as the day was ending, he wrote:
Why am I writing this? Because I want to preserve a record of the mood of the people of this period. And what do I succeed in doing? Merely demonstrating how vague is our comprehension of those horrific events beyond the horizon, how unsure we are of their relationship to us, how unstable seems the future and yet, how blithely we go our accustomed ways.
How blithely we go. [Read more...]