What we grieve for is not the loss of a grand vision, but rather the loss of common things, events and gestures. … Ordinariness is the most precious thing we struggle for, what the Jews of the Warsaw Ghetto fought for. Not noble causes or abstract theories. But the right to go on living with a sense of purpose and a sense of self-worth — an ordinary life.
And a comment from me: This week marks the 65th anniversary of the start of the Warsaw ghetto uprising. For a brief history of the uprising, read Garrison Keillor’s Writers Almanac entry from this past Saturday, April 12.