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The OPPRESSOR, OPPRESSED & “Love of the world ”

The Meaning of Love in Politics

A Letter by Hannah Arendt to James Baldwin

November 21, 1962

 All the characteristics you stress in the Negro people: their beauty, their capacity for joy, their warmth, and their humanity, are well-known characteristics of all oppressed people.  They grow out of suffering and they are the proudest possession of all pariahs.  Unfortunately, they have never survived the hour of liberation by even five minutes.  Hatred and love belong together, and they are both destructive;  you can afford them only in the private and, as a people, only so long as you are not free.

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Quote James Baldwin

The American idea of sexuality appears to be rooted in the American idea of masculinity.
Idea may not be the precise word, for the idea of one’s sexuality can only with great
violence be divorced or distanced from the idea of the self. Yet something resembling this rupture has certainly occurred (and is occurring) in American life, and violence has been the American daily bread since we have heard of America. This violence, furthermore, is not merely literal and actual but appears to be admired and lusted after, and the key to the American imagination.

Who Is Wise?

 

Who is wise?
The one who learns from every person…
Who is brave?
The one who subdues his negative inclination…
Who is rich?
The one who is appreciates what he has…
Who is honored?
The one who gives honor to others…


(Talmud – Avot 4:1)

Quotes

“…falling in love could be achieved in a single word—a glance.”

“A person is, among all else, a material thing, easily torn and not easily mended.”

“Nothing that can be, can come between me and the full prospect of my hopes.”

 

 

― Ian McEwan, Atonement

 

 

I loved the movie, & it made me cry like hell!

 

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It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.

 

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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When you rape, beat, maim, mutilate, burn, bury, and terrorize women, you destroy the essential life energy on the planet. You force what is meant to be open, trusting, nurturing, creative, and alive to be bent, infertile, and broken.

Eve Ensler – TVM