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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 #831 - #ReThinkingthePlan

09 Jul, 2018

RE-THINKING THE PLAN


"I guess I'll have to change my plan ...
I tried to reach the moon, but when I got there
All I got was the air.
My feet are back upon the ground ...
"
Howard Dietz

"The victims ask the hardest of all the questions: How is it possible that the person I loved so much lit no spark of humanity in you?"
Antjie Krog
COUNTRY OF MY SKULL:
Guilt, Sorrow, and the Limits of Forgiveness in the New South Africa

"A truly living human being cannot remain neutral."
Nadine Gordimer


This needs much more research.

But ...

After last week's particularly horrific week
in treatment of humanity by the Trump administration--
from losing the children/parents of honorable immigrants seeking asylum--
to Supreme Court rulings upholding gerrymandering and religious power--
to, of course, losing another Supreme Court seat to the far right minority
(yes, MINORITY!!) in this country--
to the man himself's particularly vitriolic "campaign rally"--
(and even though Pruitt is gone, it's just because he became a liability,
and Wheeler is worse for the environment) ...
I have begun to think that there may be no chance of moving forward
from this presidency
without residual damage for years, decades,
very possibly generations.

We may be lost for generations.

This country may become--for generations--
the overt rule of the majority
by the self-serving and vitriolic minority
who retains power despite not having the support of most people
and gloats with arrogance while doing it.

And so I have begun to think that we need to take our next model for change
not from anything in our own history
(McCarthy, Watergate, the fight for women's rights,
even the Civil War and Reconstruction),
but from South Africa
and the end of Apartheid.

I am intending to read more about Apartheid,
and how the subjugated minority
managed to finally have their voice and their power in that country.

I fear that may be where we are headed.


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