Words to remember

Words to remember

Can you guess where this quote is from?

If he and all of the other defendants had been degraded perverts, if all of the leaders of the [organization] were sadistic monsters and maniacs, then these events should have no more moral significance than an earthquake or any other natural catastrophe. But this trial has shown that under a national crisis, ordinary, even able and extraordinary men, can delude themselves in the commission of crimes so vast an heinous that they stagger the imagination. No one who has sat through the trial can ever forget them. Men sterilized because of political belief; a mockery made of friendship and family; murder of children. How easily it can happen. There are those in our own country, too, who today speak of the protection of country, of survival. A decision must be made in the life of every nation. At the very moment, when the grasp of the enemy is at its throat, then it seems that the only way to survive is to use the means of the enemy, to rest survival on what is expedient, to look the other way. Only, the answer to that is, “Survival as what?” A country is not a rock, it is an extension of oneself. It’s what it stands for. It’s what it stands for when standing for something is the most difficult. Before the people of the world, let it now be noted, that here in our decision, this is what we stand for—justice, truth and the value of a single human being.

Written by
Domenico Bettinelli
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  • The error the Nazis made was to change things too fast for the culture to absorb.

    What’s been done in the United States is so slow that each degree of increase in temperature is not being noticed, but the destination looks the same from here.

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