Hannah Arendt's essay "We Refugees" / DAGBLADET INFORMATION / Cover + illustrations for cover story

(...) "No, there is something wrong with our optimism. There are those odd optimists among us who, having made a lot of optimistic speeches, go home and turn on the gas or make use of a skyscraper in quite an unexpected way. They seem to prove that our proclaimed cheerfulness is based on a dangerous readiness for death. Brought up in the conviction that life is the highest good and death the greatest dismay, we became witnesses and victims of worse terrors than death---without having been able to discover a higher ideal than life." (...)