To be civilized does not mean having studied at university, or having read many books, or possessing great wisdom: we all know that certain individuals with these characteristics were capable of committing acts of absolutely perfect barbarity. To be civilized means to be capable of fully recognizing the humanity of others, even though they have different faces and customs to ours; to know how to put oneself in their place and look at ourselves as if from outside. No one is definitively barbarian or civilized and each one of us is responsible for our actions. But we, who today receive this great honour, have the responsibility to take a step forward towards a little more civilization. Tzvetan Todorov
Photo of Oscar Ramirez and his daughter, Valeria found on twitter, attributed to Maria Estela Avalos. I do not own this image.
Header image is a photograph of a poster seen at the 2019 Women’s March
Sometimes a dark turn is exactly what’s needed. From Staci Troilo
Ciao, amici. I want to apologize in advance for the quote of the week. It’s not strictly writing-related.
Today, the quote’s author is unknown. Which is too bad, as I’d like to thank him or her for the wise words:
At the end of the day, all you need is hope and strength.
Hope that it will get better and strength to hold on until it does.
Last week was rough, with family surgeries (yes, I consider my dogs family, but I mean my father, too) and other issues, some of which made the post last week and some of which didn’t. Because of those difficulties, I was determined to have a better week this week.
We lost a dear member of the family this week. I should have seen it coming; she’s been in the hospital for months. But reports of her progress came filtered through…
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from Art of Quotation
“Poetry is a way to bridge, to make bridges from one country to another, one person to another, one time to another.”
Joy Harjo, poet, Named U.S. Poet Laureate (The Oklahoma-born writer, a member of the Muscogee Creek Nation, is the first Native American to hold the post.)