Signs of the Times

[Rabbi Burstein, as quoted in Emanu-El, San Francisco, California]

More important than disarmament as a prerequisite for peace is forgetfulness. Hate and suspicion must first be removed from the heart. Large armaments are usually the results of remembered wrongs. Individuals and groups and nations are generally uncharitable. ... Nations, too, harbor grudges forever. Guizot, the Frenchman, once wrote in an album, "I have learned in my life two rules of prudence—to forgive much and never to forget." Thiers, seeing it, wrote underneath, "A little forgetting would not detract from the sincerity of the forgiveness." Prince Bismarck later wrote under this, "As for me, I have learned to forget much and to ask to be much forgiven." History shows how loath we have been to forget. ... Peace will peep over the horizon as soon as nations are educated to forget.

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February 18, 1928

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