Signs of the Times

Topic: The Aim of Living

[Editorial in the New York Times, New York]

One refuge in times of trouble and anxiety is to turn back to the good and simple things which lie at the heart of normal human life. In any society these will be the things that make life worth living. Indeed, they are the things that account for the persistence of our species under the old terrors of the jungle, of darkness, of starvation. They are individual things, individually experienced, and in that way an answer to the mass manias around us.

We ought to feel a strengthening of the ties of affection for our families and our friends—for they make a charmed circle within which the hearth fire glows and into which neither fear nor hate can penetrate.

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January 6, 1940

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