Still Pertinent Words in Stephen Vincent Benét's "Nightmare at Noon"
In 1940, over a year before America entered WWII, Stephen Vincent Benét published a warning about fascism to his fellow Americans in the poem "Nightmare at Noon" (New York Times Magazine, June 1940). Some of the words are pertinent today:
Liberty, equality, fraternity.But what if . . .
To none will we sell, refuse or deny, right or justice.
We hold these truths to be self-evident.
I am merely saying - what if these words pass?What if, instead:
What if they pass and are gone and are no more,
Eviscerated, blotted out of the world?
Strength is all, worship strength!Sound familiar? Remind you of anything? We'll need more wisdom with the power we do have, or we'll bow to a brutal power that accepts only submission. Just look back at yesterday's blog entry . . .
Worship, bow down or die!