Diary Entry from Herb Michael (Opa's roommate)
Friday, December 12, 1941
346th Day - 19 Days to Follow
The U.S. has declared war on Germany and Italy.
Tom remarked after our "foodless banquet" (F.O.R. fast) tonight that it seemed so useless.
It does in a way and yet to me, I think that there is more of a feeling that now, more than ever, we pacifists must stand up for what we think is right.
Herb and Opa are continuing their fast for the Fellowship of reconciliation. A fast to raise funds for their pacifist club and to bring awareness to pacifism. On this day they skip a meal for pacifism. The US declares war on Germany and Italy. Opa echoes my feelings exactly: it seems so useless. What do you do when the thing you are fighting against is inevitable?
I admire Herb's stand, that now is an especially good time to stand up for what they think is right. However, I think Opa's thoughts open up a better question: what is useful now?
When war is a reality, peace must change strategy. Opa is thinking less globally at this moment probably more specifically about his family and friends. How can he help them, now?