While the crisis lasted, people loved each other

What I remember most plainly about the [1906] earthquake was the human warmth and kindliness of everyone afterward. For days refugees poured out of burning San Francisco and camped in Idora Park and the race track in Oakland. People came in their night clothes; there were new-born babies. Mother and all our neighbors were busy from morning to night cooking hot meals. They gave away every garment they possessed. They stripped themselves to the bone in giving, forgetful of the morrow. While the crisis lasted, people loved each other.

—Dorothy Day, The Long Loneliness, quoted here

Originally published at culture-making.com.

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