Democracies end when they are too democratic.
A refugee used to be a person driven to seek refuge because of some act committed or some political opinion held.
Well, it is true we have had to seek refuge; but we committed no acts and most of us never dreamt of having any radical opinion. Before this war broke out we were even more sensitive about being called refugees. We did our best to prove to other people that we were just ordinary immigrants.
We wanted to rebuild our lives, that was all. So we are very optimistic. Our optimism, indeed, is admirable, even if we say so ourselves. The story of our struggle has finally become known. We lost our home, which means the familiarity of daily life. We lost our occupation, which means the confidence that we are of some use in this world.
We lost our language, which means the naturalness of reactions, the simplicity of gestures, the unaffected expression of feelings.
We left our relatives in the Polish ghettos and our best friends have been killed in concentration camps, and that means the rupture of our private lives. Nevertheless, as soon as we were saved—and most of us had to be saved several times—we started our new lives and tried to follow as closely as possible all the good advice our saviors passed on to us.
We were told to forget; and we forgot quicker than anybody ever could imagine. In a friendly way we were reminded that the new country would become a new home; and after four weeks in France or six weeks in America, we pretended to be Frenchmen or Americans.
The most optimistic among us would even add that their whole former life had been passed in a kind of unconscious exile and only their new country now taught them what a home really looks like. It is true we sometimes raise objections when we are told to forget about our former work; and our former ideals are usually hard to throw over if our social standard is at stake.
With the language, however, we find no difficulties: In order to forget more efficiently we rather avoid any allusion to concentration or internment camps we experienced in nearly all European countries—it might be interpreted as pessimism or lack of confidence in the new homeland.
Besides, how often have we been told that nobody likes to listen to all that; hell is no longer a religious belief or a fantasy, but something as real as houses and stones and trees.
Apparently nobody wants to know that contemporary history has created a new kind of human beings—the kind that are put in concentration camps by their foes and in internment camps by their friends. Instead, we have found our own way of mastering an uncertain future.
Since everybody plans and wishes and hopes, so do we. Apart from the general human attitudes, however, we try to clear up the future more scientifically.
After so much bad luck we want a course as sure as a gun. Therefore, we leave the earth with all its uncertainties behind and we cast our eyes up to the sky. The stars tell us—rather than the newspapers—when Hitler will be defeated and when we shall become American citizens.
We think the stars more reliable advisers than all our friends; we learn from the stars when we should have lunch with our benefactors and on what day we have the best chances of filling out one of these countless questionnaires which accompany our present lives.Chat with us on Facebook Messenger.
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My Daily Life Essay: Activities in the morning: Daily life means a routined life. So I try my best to follow my daily routine. It is my habit to get up early in the morning. I brush my teeth, wash my hands, face and take my ablution and say my Fazar prayer. An essay on daily routine. At home in the morning—I am a student.
So I spend the day in a simple way. I get up from bed early in the morning. First, I do my morning duties. I wash my face and brush my teeth.
I take great care of my teeth, because bad teeth are a sign of bad health. Then I take a. French Vocabulary: 45 Words to Express Your Daily Routine. November 26, In this article, we listed down French daily routine vocabulary to help you say all of those in French.
Covering the basic things we do all day everyday, this should help you familiarize yourself with the French words and phrases for different common activities.