I am reminded of these cautionary watchwords from Virginia Woolf,
spoken by two of her best - known characters, two distraught mothers:
"There was no treachery too base
for the world to commit;
she knew that."
~ Mrs. Ramsay ~
from To The Lighthouse, 98
"She always had the feeling
that it was very, very dangerous
to live even one day."
~ Mrs. Dalloway ~
from Mrs. Dalloway, 11
and this sad stanza from one of my all - time favorite Christmas songs:
"And in despair I bowed my head:
'There is no peace on earth,' I said;
'For hate is strong
And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men!'"
by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
from "I Heard the Bells On Christmas Day"
One of the best ever antidotes to cynicism are these
words of wisdom from dear, good, beautiful Anne Frank:
"It's difficult in times like these: ideals, dreams and cherished hopes rise within us, only to be crushed by grim reality. It's a wonder I haven't abandoned all my ideals, they seem so absurd and impractical. Yet I cling to them because I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart. I simply can't build my hopes on a foundation of confusion, misery, and death. I hear the approaching thunder that, one day, will destroy us too, I feel the suffering of millions. And yet, when I look up at the sky, I somehow feel that this cruelty too shall end, and that peace & tranquility will return once again."
Equally hopeful are these closing lines from "The Desiderata":
"With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Strive to be happy."
Or, as my friend Diane says, Cotton Candy Trees
"Real Memorial Day"