This is necessary. This is heartbreaking. Being in Israel soothes the pain for me. Damn it NYT…
“Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.”
– Dylan Thomas (1914-1953)
The famous Welsh poet Dylan Thomas once wrote a poem called “Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night.” In it, he urged people to not accept their deaths meekly, without a fight.
Written for his dying father, the poem struck a chord among the broad public. While the sentiments were intimate, they could be read on a grander scale, as it was published after the end of World War II and the Genocide of the Jews. The British withstood a pounding by the German Nazi forces, but they fought on and prevailed. The Jews of Europe were unarmed, and managed only a few resistance movements. Two-thirds of the Jewish population perished.
Gentleness is normally pursued and praised. But Thomas – and his fans – declared that one should not acquiesce…
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