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#128981 - 09/04/04 12:56 AM Re: Man without a country
Lloydy Offline
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Registered: 04/17/02
Posts: 7071
Loc: England Shropshire
Linda and I have watched in tears the horror of the school hostage situation in what was once the USSR.
The terror is unimaginable, and there's nothing in the world that justifies these actions.

It's possibly harder for us to deal with, we know the effects that childhood trauma can have.
My heart goes out to them all.

We live in difficult times, borders change, religions have taken on greater "importance" to many people, and old enemies are now our friends.
Our new enemies have suddenly become faceless.

It's tempting at times like this to withdraw and reject those from other cultures and religions, but we can't do that. I believe our best chance is to embrace others and accept their ways, and expect the same in return.

But on days such as this, it's mighty hard.


Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler.
Henry David Thoreau

#128982 - 09/04/04 02:06 AM Re: Man without a country
outis Offline

Registered: 02/27/03
Posts: 2261
Loc: Maryland USA

I obviously have not lived through the dissolution of the country where I was born. Still, I do not think of you as man without a country.
But my life, it is here now. But do I belong here also?
I think you answer your own question.

We are all only human. Countries, patriotism, ethnic pride, religions, all the rest of the things, even languages (it is common that a language has one word for those who speak it, and another for those who do not), that humans use to separate ourselves never really change us. We are still human.

Many long forgotten empires and kingdoms have risen and fallen. Who struck fear in all their enemies' hearts in what is now Bolivia 3000 years ago? Whose ruled on the steppes then? In what is now Maryland? Who were the great teachers and poets of Inuit lands while the pyramids were being built on the other side of the world?

All these civilizations have disappeared without even an echo in history. The people born into them lived their lives with them, and some of those people saw the ends of their worlds, too.

They made their lives where and when they found themselves in the context of the people around them. Whether speaking some language lost millenia ago, or speaking English in the US of A today, people make their lives with their loves and friendships.



"Telemachos, your guest is no discredit to you. I wasted no time in stringing the bow, and I did not miss the mark. My strength is yet unbroken…"—The Odyssey, translated by W.H.D. Rouse

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