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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 #1122 - #HardLines

19 Feb, 2024


"There was a wall. It did not look important. It was built of uncut rocks roughly mortared. An adult could look right over it, and even a child could climb it. Where it crossed the roadway, instead of having a gate it degenerated into mere geometry, a line, an idea of boundary. But the idea was real. It was important. For seven generations there had been nothing in the world more important than that wall. Like all walls it was ambiguous, two-faced. What was inside it and what was outside it depended upon which side of it you were on."
Ursula K. Le Guin

"As your boundaries get stronger, the wait time gets shorter."
Shahida Arabi

"We need to have a talk on the subject of what's yours and what's mine."
Stieg Larsson

So this is what I've learned
about walls, borders, and boundaries.

Where we are strongest
it is the easiest
to stay open, fluid--
curtains of lace and linen instead of
walls of steel--
open borders
(at least for those with passports and visas
or the will to earn citizenship
in our personal territory),
never losing clarity,
because that is where we are strong.

Where our resolve is weakest
is where we have to draw the hardest lines
for ourselves,
for others,
for the world.
We can't afford to give a little,
because, well, our resolve is too likely to give way
when so tested.

It sounds so simple.
But it can be so hard
to do.

Where we are weak,
the hard lines must be drawn strong.

Shellen Lubin
February 19, 2024

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