Susan Power, Sacred Wilderness
She said that was just it. If the past is always swept under the rug, our stories hushed up, our claims denied, ignored, the wound stays open. Never heals. The next generation is born into that injury and carries it on. The one way to begin healing is for all of us to be honest with each other. Put our truth on the table, drag it into the light. Pain festers in the shadows.
Susan Power, Sacred Wilderness
How far was her policy at fault? How far were the qualities and defects of her character involved? How far was she the victim of uncontrollable circumstances? Should we, perhaps, echo the indulgent verdict of Henry IV, who said, 'What more could one poor woman, with a handful of children, do?'
IV. The Close of the Religious Wars, in The Age of Catherine de Medici by J.E. Neale, original publication date 1943 by Jonathan Cape Ltd., London
The war went excellently for Catherine de Medici: it eliminated all her generals! Anthony of Navarre was killed – a marvellous stroke of luck for her, and good riddance from almost every point of view; one of the Triumvirs was killed; the Duke of Guise, another of the Triumvirs, was assassinated; and the third Triumvir, the Constable Montmorency, was captured. On the Huguenot side Condé was captured. One might say that Catherine had had the devil's own luck. All she had to do to end the war was to let the two captives, Montmorency and Condé, negotiate the terms; and being captives, they were good peacemakers.
III. Massacre of St. Bartholomew, in The Age of Catherine de Medici by J.E. Neale, original publication date 1943 by Jonathan Cape Ltd., London
She was under the illusion that differences over the Eucharist could be solved as she had been solving the quarrels of Bourbon and Guise in the last nine months – by bringing the quarrelsome people together and persuading them to be friendly. She meant well; she laboured hard; she failed. Fundamental differences of principle are not to be resolved by mediators who have no principles.
II. The Social and Political Background, in The Age of Catherine de Medici by J.E. Neale, original publication date 1943 by Jonathan Cape Ltd., London
Now, there are certain essentials for prolonged and successful rebellion; and the chief is organization... If I am inclined to stress organization over against doctrine or anything else, the reason is my profound conviction of its vital importance.
I. The Religious Background, in The Age of Catherine de Medici by J.E. Neale, original publication date 1943 by Jonathan Cape Ltd., London
Clean jeans and comfortable shoes
I need no secrets here at home
in this echoless light
I spread my papers out
a grey-eyed lady takes fire
one pale nostril quivering
we both know women
who take up space
are called sloppy.
Audre Lorde, in The Marvelous Arithmetics of Distance: Poems 1987-1992
Time is linear to the Western world and attached to it are assumptions of time as a progressive transformer. Concepts of intelligence are based on linear forward movement over time. There is no evidence, and certainly no proof, that the longer humans live the more human or the more intelligent they become. According to the Western world the farther backward in time people travel the less intelligent the humanity, as though having travelled through two millennia of arbitrary clock ticking somehow makes us more or less intelligent. It doesn't occur to Western science that perhaps the Neanderthals used their whole brain; it is already a matter of record that current humans do not. While the Neanderthals' brain size may have occupied less space, their realization or thoughtfulness might have been much greater than we imagine.
"Sharing Space and Time," in Memory Serves: Oratories by Lee Maracle