The Awakening…

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Vintage Classics: Kate Chopin, The Awakening, First published 1899.

Why read old books?? Well this story holds such gems in wisdom as this-

“In short, Mrs P. was beginning to realise her position in the universe as a human being and to recognize her relations as an individual to the world within and about her.”

and this –

But I don’t want anything but my own way. That is wanting a good deal, of course, when you have to trample upon the lives, the hearts, the prejudices of others- but no matter- still, I shouldn’t want to trample upon the little lives.”(ie the children)

This book leaves you thinking about the meaning of individualism within our relationships and selfishness.

The above quote leaves me thinking while to attain individualism we must destroy others view of us, isn’t it the case that a person who strikes out for individualism must therefore be currently trampled upon by others’ lives, hearts and prejudices?

Destroy or be destroyed? You know, you can get sick of endless cycles….this needs some more deeper thinking…how to destroy the cycle and not others or yourself.

(to be continued..)

2019 PC

Google word of the day: Trampled heart

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Hand it back!

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Listening to Radio 4, the other day, I heard a fascinating program regarding Cecil Rhodes, Colonisation and ultimately the question and legacy of Imperialism. The gist of the program was the forming of the legacy of the British Empire as everyone now agrees that it has imploded and will form an important timeline background much the same as the Roman and Greek empires did in world history.

Now while listening to this program an important thing happened; the colonies regarding the British Empire were named. This impressive list for an island people to command, covered vast areas around the globe, for example, Canada, India, Australia, New Zealand and  parts of Africa. It was at this junction, I realised that in relation to the era the program was concerning itself about, they had left out one very, very obvious colony. The colony of Ireland. Now, why would they do that??(Shhush!! don’t mention the war…..!!)

Imperialism is

“a state policy, practice, or advocacy of extending power and dominion, especially by direct territorial acquisition or by gaining political and economic control of other areas. Because it always involves the use of power, whether military force or some subtler form, imperialism has often been considered morally reprehensible, and the term is frequently employed in international propaganda to denounce and discredit an opponent’s foreign policy”- Wikipedia.

Now while Britain likes to think of itself as a champion-er of saving nations that are unfairly invaded by others, I was left thinking of the christian tenet and the hypocritical nature of the British Nation:

 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?– Matthew 7:3a

The control of Ireland was gained by imperialism. However Ulster and its hardships formed from the shroud of colony only partly being removed. In its wake a legacy of violence ensued.

Imperialism and its dominion seeking nature, through slavery of people or clearing a land of its assets, has no redeeming qualities. ~Britain has yet to correct the imperialistic invasion of Ireland and as the title suggests ‘Hand it back!’ with dignity. And while it may seem that Brexit is exerting a pressure on the border, that still proves the imperialism of Britain, it must be realised that true and proper trade between sovereign nations stops the need for anyone to think in an imperialistic greedy way.

2018 PC

p.s Google image of the day words: Hand empire

Conventionality is all the rage.

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Over the last year I took a trip down Memory Lane and re-read Jane Eyre. I first read it when I was about 13 and was surprised again by how insightful it was and how it clearly was pushing at your sense of what is the morally right thing to do.

” Conventionality is not morality. Self-righteousness is not religion” – Currer Bell AKA Charlotte Bronte, and we are only at the preface! (BTW this was written on 21st Dec 1847.)

The pinnacle of the story is the problem of marriage, love and divorce. Mr Rochester is married to a complete lunatic and is unable to have any kind of proper marriage and eventually caves out to asking Jane Eyre to marry him but at the altar it comes out that he would be enticing the two of them to commit the crime of bigamy. So the problem is – Is the love that two people have for each other more important than the rules that society have in place especially if those rules hinders a person’s chance at acquiring happiness? This question can also be seen in the epic that is Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, where Anna finds that society so wishes to degrade her to accepting a loveless marriage rather than divorce that in her unhappiness she commits sucide( Spoiler Alert! Oops too late…) And all because of the commandment – Thou shalt not commit Adultery!!

While the morality of the situation pulls at your heart strings, unhappiness versus love, the reality is that marriage is a vow and your attitude to that vow is at the crux of the issues. Happiness is not what life is all about. Could you imagine a world where there was a commandment ‘Thou shalt commit to happiness’ No? You must ask yourself if this was not a commandment then the alternative must be better.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.- Jeremiah 29:11.

 

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Google phrase of the day – Raging Love