astonishing, perhaps a matter of opinion. Reading the journal piece, within she proclaims what we know here, that forgetting the past dooms the future. Yet, within that same statement, she condemns herself by only going half-way; forgetting the past and forsaking God (which she chooses to do via her atheism) is the death knell of any nation of the West.
She freely admits to admiring "Ratzinger" - the atheist in her won't call him "Papa". Her admonishment about losing our history is notable for the absence of reference to Christianity which is core to Western Civ Culture...
Such incredible irony!!! If she were an astro-physicist, she could use the above "absence of light" in her observations of the universe to prove the existence of the "black hole" that she cannot (or wishes not to, as is more likely the case...) see!!!
She believes - I have read enough about her. Her heart is in her works.