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Weeks before World War II began, British author Leonard Woolf (husband of the famed Virginia) was planting iris reticulata under an apple tree at their country home. Suddenly Virginia called him to come listen to Hitler on the radio. “I shouted back: ‘I shan’t come. I’m planting iris, and they will be flowering long after he is dead.’ Last March [he wrote this in 1966], 21 years after Hitler committed suicide in the bunker, a few of those violet flowers still flowered under the apple tree in the orchard.”

A powerful anecdote with a nice punch and comforting thought: somehow good will endure even after evil’s gone. Yes, 21 years after Hitler’s death the iris reticulata were still there. Today,... »
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