Just turned on “The War,” a documentary about World War II by Ken Burns. I can’t get over the lines narrated by David Keith.
“The greatest cataclysm in history grew out of ancient and ordinary human emotions: anger and arrogance and bigotry, victim-hood and the lust for power. And it ended because other human qualities—courage and perseverance and selflessness, faith, leadership and the hunger for freedom— combined, with unimaginable brutality, to change the course of human events.
“The Second World War brought out the best—and the worst—in a generation, and blurred the two so that they became at times almost indistinguishable.”