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Since 1998 I've been sending out these reflections first thing each week--one or more quotes plus my thoughts about the intersections and contradictions. They're archived here back to 2002, and a new one is posted every Monday morning. Dialogue is still welcome . . .

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Quote #672 - Memorial Day #MemorialDay

25 May, 2015

"It is the calling of great men, not so much to preach new truths, as to rescue from oblivion those old truths which it is our wisdom to remember and our weakness to forget."

Sidney Smith



"The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history."

George Orwell




So on this Memorial Day, I am choosing to celebrate in memory those who have been forgotten and discoveries that have been lost or obliterated and left for us to re-find--discoveries about autonomy and equality and peace and compromise and respect for all the creatures who inhabit the planet and the planet itself.

I choose to remember the many voices that our sung and written history has destroyed, voices of women and children and people whose skin color or language or belief system did not fit the status quo of the time and place where they lived. I choose to remember all that has lived and been created and discovered and then buried because it did not serve some lust for power or control or just because the people in charge of such things really did not believe they were very important, or did not want to believe they existed at all.

As the saying goes, "Those who do not learn from history are condemned to repeat it." But if we are not given access to the full breadth and depth of history--its multiple perspectives and its darker, less flattering truths--how can we learn from it?


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