Thoughts on Duty – Not all who resonate are Warriors
“If, in time of peace, our museums and art galleries are important to the community, in time of war they are doubly valuable. For then, when the petty and the trivial fall way and we are face to face with final and lasting values, we… must summon to our defense all our intellectual and spiritual resources. We must guard jealously all we have inherited from a long past, all we are capable of creating in a trying present, and all we are determined to preserve in a foreseeable future. Art is the imperishable and dynamic expression of these aims. It is, and always has been, the visible evidence of the activity of free minds.”
Heathenry forgets sometimes that warriorship is not the only way to make a difference. This was written by an art museum director facing the possible invasion of his country. At the time, no one knew for certain what would follow.