Why Write

August 12, 2000

I got to thinking about this site, the diaries here and my lack of writing in recent months.

Why? Why write here?

Sometimes I just don't know, and then at other times I get an idea, that something I see may be of interest to others.

I still think that one of my primary purposes is to write for my children, so that they will have a written record of some of the events which we have done together, and some which I have done by myself.

I finally took a moment to work on the web pages again, and have some ideas about adding more quotes and providing some more structure to them. It seems that the majority of people who visit my site from the web get there by searching for quotes.

I don't want to disappoint the readers, after all, look how much they are paying.

Quotes they want, quotes they get.

They are simple, easy, and maybe an encouragement to someone.

Maybe it will just make us think now and then.

The following is attributed to a Luthern Pastor in Germany during the second world war. Quoting from the Holocost memorial in Boston: "It has become a legendary expression of the lesson of the Holocost. Ironically, Niemoeller had delivered anti-Semetic sermons early in the Nazi regieme. He later opposed Hitler and was sent to a concentration camp."

"THEY CAME FIRST for the communists,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a communist.

THEN THEY CAME for the Jews,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew.

THEN THEY CAME for the trade unionists,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist.

THEN THEY CAME for the Catholics,
and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant.

and by that time no one was left to speak up"

Martin Niemoeller