But I care.

Excerpted from Here At The New Yorker by Brendan Gill:

In his early seventies, (Samuel N.) Behrman became distressed by the American intervention in the war in Vietnam.  At the age of seventy-seven, when his health had failed and he thought he didn’t have long to live, he wrote, “I have been terribly upset by the Vietnam war.  The country has taken on a frightening aspect.  It seems to have become a plutocracy, cruel, capable of atrocities, which has darkened its image all over the world.  I say to myself, Why should I care?  In a short time, I will know nothing about anything.  But I care.  I care deeply.”

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