For the weekly videos, I now tell a story. I’ve realized that for me, and I think for many people, a story is what holds my attention and makes a point most powerfully.
This week’s story: An Englishman would not take snapshots of a fine vessel sinking…
In case you want to read the text:
The Middle East have no sense of publicity. The Admiralty is even worse. We complain that there are no photographs of the sinking of the Bismarck. Tripp says that the official photographer was in the Suffolk and that the Suffolk was too far away. We say, ‘But why didn’t one of our reconnaissance machines fly over the ship and take photographs?’ He replies, ‘Well you see, you must see, well upon my word, well after all, an Englishman would not like to take snapshots of a fine vessel sinking.’ Is he right? I felt abashed when he said it. I think he is right.
– Harold Nicolson, Diary, June 10, 1941, when he was working at the wartime Ministry of Information
I love this story so much (could you tell I got a little choked up, when reading it?). It reminds me that in my own life, I should always to try to live up to the highest ideals of the United States.
How about you? Does anything in your own life remind you of that aim to be a good citizen? Many people have mentioned to me how emotional they feel when they hear the playing of the “Star-Spangled Banner.”