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Alice Walker: Go to the Places That Scare You


Society & Culture  (tags: Alice_Walker, humanity, acquired knowledge, The Color Purple, life lessons )

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The acclaimed novelist on why a life worth living is a life worth fighting for. "I think the foundation of everything in my life is wonder."



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Just Carole (338)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 9:31 pm

I was just preparing to purge my mind of all the ugliness I'd absorbed today when this article appeared in my email.

Worthy of waiting a few moments longer, and reminding myself why we feel the need to be of some positive use in this life.
 

Stevie A. (10)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 9:46 pm
I love Alice Walker. I remember being afraid to continue reading "The Color Purple" because I was afraid something terrible was coming up. I put it away for a couple weeks, then, fortified, I finished it. Something terrible DID happen. AND Alice Walker redeemed the situation so that I did not feel depressed for a week.
 

Barbara W. (342)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 9:55 pm
A precious women. Watched her on Amy Goodman the other day. A heart that keeps on giving.. Talent and great compassion.. Thanks Carole.. The world could use more Alice walkers.
 

greenplanet e. (157)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 10:10 pm
Inspiring -- love the ideas of compassion and wonder.

Sadly, yes, some people don't seem to have a conscience, but, as she says:

"its such a miraculous universe. For a child, this magic is something that supports us, even through the hard times." -- Also for adults, I think.

thank you :)
 

Dianne Lynn Eakin (731)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 10:14 pm
Beautiful,shared in my groups--ty
 

Julian Robert Gonzalez (112)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 10:42 pm
Just Carole,
Simply Just
THANK YOU.
In American autrocities I de when that much negative thinking gets to me. I just had to vent and thank you for those kind words.
 

Just Carole (338)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 10:54 pm

I think we all, from time to time, question whether our "going to the places that scare us" is worthwhile.

And, as such, we need a reminder that, in order for any positive change to occur, we MUST face our demons (and find some measure of satisfaction by enlightening others -- even if, in fact, our individual endeavors do not directly result in resolution of the problem).

I thank ALL of my online friends for their nudges, support, and guidance.

None of us want to exit this life without leaving it somewhat better.

 

Arild Warud (166)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 2:16 am
Food for thought,great woman,thanks for sharing "C".
 

Michael Carney (211)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 2:26 am
Noted, with great respect for this lovely, and thoughtful Woman...Very inspirational...What a blessing lifwe would be to live everyday, if everyone thought like this great Woman...
 

Michael Carney (211)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 2:27 am
Life would be, sorry!!!
 

Judy C. (108)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 2:50 am
What an excellent piece! Walker has identified so many of the types of struggles I work with, within myself. Sometimes I am such a chicken, for instance. I'm at a point in my life where I have to summon all the courage I can, and go WAY out of my comfort zone. Walker's words of wisdom are just what I needed to hear right now.

And another point she makes which I must accept, is the fact that not everyone has a conscience somewhere. My daughter takes a dim view of human nature, and we have argued quite a bit, over that very issue. The truth is somewhere in the middle. And like Alice says, "Understanding trumps compassion at this point".

Another one of the many great points in the piece is the last one, about the insanity, hypocrisy, and futility of the War on Terror. About every day I ask myself, don't most people of the world want the same things? There must be a way out of the insane state of affairs where the world's people are being used like pawns. I wouldn't come to Care2 if I didn't have hope. Thanks so much for passing this article on, Carole.
 

James W. (263)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 3:22 am
THANKS
 

Naoko I. (262)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 4:30 am
I love Alice Walker and "The Color Purple"
 

Jelica R. (157)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 5:50 am
Forgot to add: sometimes, when I fell down, I spend an evening with the Yes! Magazine, reading about people doing amazing things. Much better than antidepressants!
 

Patrick Donovan (319)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 6:16 am
An excellent interview; I enjoyed it very much (and bought Meridian).

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Ben Oscarsito (317)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 6:37 am
You know what? -I have never read Alice Walker... (not until now that is) ...shame on me!
http://www.gradesaver.com/author/alice-walker/
 

JL A. (275)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 7:04 am
You cannot currently send a star to Just because you have done so within the last week. Thanks so much Carole for helping us to remember this aspect of personal strength.
 

Pamylle G. (462)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 7:11 am
I saw this early AM - wonderful !
Don't miss her latest segment on Democracy Now ! (copy & paste link):
http://www.democracynow.org/2012/9/28/democratic_womanism_poet_and_activist_alice
 

Kit B. (276)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 8:50 am

Two things really struck me about this interview:

Walker: If you want to have a life that is worth living, a life that expresses your deepest feelings and emotions, and cares and dreams, you have to fight for it. You have to go wherever you need to go, and you have to be wherever you need to be, and place yourself there against the forces that would distort you and destroy you.

I love the uprisings, I love the Occupy movement, and I think the young people especially are doing something that is very natural. It is natural to want to have a future. It is very natural to want to live in peace and joy. What is lovely about this time is the awareness that is sweeping the planet. People are just waking up, every moment.

And...

Walker: I think the War on Terror is really absurd, especially coming from a country that is founded on terrorism. The hypocrisy of that is corrosive, and we should not accept it. There is no way to stop terrorism if you insist on making enemies of most of the people on the planet. Why should they care about you? All they feel is fear.
So I would stop the War on Terror, and I would start making peace with the peoples of the planet by trying to understand them. I would like us to be able to say, If that happened to me, I would feel exactly the way you do. And what can we do from here, from this understanding? What can we do together?
****

We are just so indoctrinated to FEAR, few will take the risks to speak up and be a part of the needed "revolt" of the mind and our lives. Everyone one of us owns the capacity to be a part of changing the attitudes of this country, each of us can be a small Alice Walker, united we can make things happen. If there is just one thing that you are passionate about, bring that one thing to life, share the idea with others; reach out in your community. This doesn't have to be political, it can be anything that stands between the people and the making a dream be a reality. From tiny seeds, big things grow.

Thanks for sharing this article, what a wonderful inspiration to all of us.

I wish I could send you Green Stars, but I can not - but I'm sending a million thank yous.
 

Lady Flo (123)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 8:52 am
Thank you for posting Carole.Excellent.
 

Abdessalam Diab (154)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 8:53 am
What a woman !! She inspired me as much as she did to many others.Thanks Carole for this post.
 

Arielle S. (317)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 9:50 am
A lot of people on this post are Alice Walkers - you all are the ones making things happen, creating positive changes, and fighting for your beliefs. A shower of stars to all of you, especially Carole and Kit...
Alice Walker is a candle of inspiration - we are all touched by her - she gives us the flame and courage to keep on keeping on. She is a truly beautiful woman.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 10:37 am
Thanks for sharing.
 

Jim Phillips (3209)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 10:51 am
"Alice Walker is a poet, essayist, and commentator, but shes best known for her prodigious accomplishments as a writer of literary fiction. Her novel The Color Purple won the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award in 1983 and quickly became a classic of world literature."

What an awesome human being.

Ty, C.
.
 

Roxy H. (337)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 10:56 am
Awesome Carol, Ty my dear friend for sharing this.... very moving, wow
 

Edwin M. (366)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 1:08 pm
Walker:If you want to have a life that is worth living, a life that expresses your deepest feelings and emotions, and cares and dreams, you have to fight for it. You have to go wherever you need to go, and you have to be wherever you need to be, and place yourself there against the forces that would distort you and destroy you.
What a wonderfully courageous woman, thank you so much Carole
 

Just Carole (338)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 1:12 pm

So many meaningful comments, all from people for whom I have great respect.

Thank you!

(And Arielle . . . You're right, we have many Alice Walkers here, and they're not all female.)

 

Nancy M. (201)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 1:16 pm
Thanks for posting this Just Carole. I have always loved the few books I have read by Alice Walker. Now i have a betterr sense of why. Should add more to my list.
 

Angelika R. (143)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 1:22 pm
Yes, Arielle said it best, a huge thank you to her and all others, not much to add here.
(except perhaps that MOST ARE indeed female ;-) -and of course this outstanding lady Walker is a perfect example for the need of chang through female thinking and acting for a better world. Time to do away with all the old patriarchy, the odd old dudes of the odd OP (I left off the G as there's nothing grand about them now) and the like. Onward to the good fight!
THANK YOU Carole!
 

Angelika R. (143)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 1:26 pm
My goodness,-what happened to Ellie B.'s post??? there's miles of nothing..
 

Pat B. (354)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 2:36 pm
Thank you, Carole for this awe inspiring post.!!! I love this lady/author/tutor, and her eloquence with words. Beautiful article with love, compassion and wisdom, and yet.....notes to think about. I've saved this, so that I may read it again and again. xox
 

Michael Sandstrom (306)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 4:40 pm
This is indeed a GREAT one! When you face and conquer your own fears you realize that you were your own worst enemy and didn't even know it. TYVM! Noted!
 

Jelica R. (157)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 5:27 pm
I posted a comment at 3,40 AM and it got lost in a cyberspace, so I've repeated it at 7,12 AM and now I find out it is missing again. I will try to post it in 3 chunks and hope for the best.

Thank you, Carole, for this uplifting post. May I usurp this opportunity to update you on Palestinians' plight and Alice Walker's activism.

Alice Walker gave an interview to the DemocracyNow (Sep. 28.2012.); about her life, literature and activism, and her involvement with The Russell Tribunal on Palestine.

"The unfairness of it is so much like the South. Its so much like the South of 50 years ago, really, and actually more brutal, because in Palestine so many more people are wounded, shot, killed, imprisoned. You know, there are thousands of Palestinians in prison virtually for no reason, Walker says.
 

Jelica R. (157)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 5:33 pm
OK, the second chunk.

The Russell Tribunal on Palestine is an International Peoples Tribunal created by a large group of citizens involved in the promotion of peace and justice in the Middle East.

Following the sessions in Barcelona (which focused on EU complicity), London (on Corporate Complicity) and Cape Town (on the crime of Apartheid), the New York Tribunal will go back to the root of the conflict and focus on UN and US responsibility in the denial of the Palestinian right to self-determination.
 

Just Carole (338)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 5:42 pm

Yes, Jelica, I remember those comments. (Will be watching them too, just in case it was the use of too many hotlinks that kicked off an overly sensitive spam filter.)

 

Jelica R. (157)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 5:54 pm
I hope that my comments will stay.

It is very late in my corner of our astonishing planet, so good night to you all. I liked your comments and will come for more...

Bonus: Democratic Womanism; A Poem by Alice Walker. What a lady... Enjoy!
 

Jelica R. (157)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 6:06 pm
I thought so, too, and split it into 3 chunks (not to alarm filters.) Other possible cause could be server malfunction when receiving two or more comments at the approximately same time. My missing comments were slightly overlapping with other people's comments.

Anyway, felt good to spend a day with Alice Walker and you, beautiful people here. Good night.
 

Nancy Black (303)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 9:24 pm
Noted, tweeted, and shared. Loved the article and sight love Alice Walker. Her books also gave me insight into others as well as insight into my own feelings. When we can connect with others and attempt to walk in the shoes of others, we can effectively fight prejudice and injustice. Fear is dangerous, and generally we fear the unknown.When the unknown becomes the familiar, fear goes away and we are able to identify as all of us being a part of humanity.
 

Giana Peranio-Paz (388)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 11:34 pm
Our fears stem from our childhood. Basically all of them originate from traumas and our parents at a very young age. I notice that when I become really afraid, I lose perspective. I try to use logic to lessen my anxiety, but the best thing to do is face your fears head on - if I am afraid to drive somewhere I am not familiar with I sweat and shake but I take the wheel and somehow I make it. Just an example.
 

Angelika R. (143)
Thursday October 4, 2012, 7:52 am
Can't send another star to Jelica but should shower her with many. I had been wondering at her comment starting with " I want to add" when there was no previous one to be seen. C2 is messing up badly again as now there's another big chunk cut out here. But thanks Jelica for returning and providing those important links!
 

Dandelion G. (380)
Thursday October 4, 2012, 10:21 am
Wow, first of all I like to thank you Carole for placing this on here. I know you are not placing much on C2 but I'm glad you did this. Alice Walker is a voice in the Wind that I wish more people would listen to, a courages spirit in youth, now a Grandmother with wisdom.

Alice Walker:

You have to go to the places that scare you so that you can see: What do you really believe? Who are you really? Are you prepared to take this all the way to wherever the truth leads you and accept that you have to figure out different ways of confronting reality?

If you want to have a life that is worth living, a life that expresses your deepest feelings and emotions, and cares and dreams, you have to fight for it. You have to go wherever you need to go, and you have to be wherever you need to be, and place yourself there against the forces that would distort you and destroy you.

My comment: This is what each of us must do, a deep searching from within. I think many of us realize on various levels that the Corporate driven way we are set up to live is not in the best interest of us as human beings. If each of us was to sit down and really think about it; is this the system that one would devise, one that cheats us, that takes too much of our time away from our loved ones to make a few rich, that systematically is destroying our health, our environments, and all our relations around us? No, I do not think most of us would say, yes, this is a way to go.

Yet, when Patriarchal thinking backed with actions is let loose this is what we have an out of control preditory energy, that wasn't allowed to be tempered with the matrileneal way thinking with heart and healing. It works fine if we were non thinking robots that had endless words to be flown to after this place is destroyed, but we are thinking feeling entities and this earth is finite.

So we must search deep, in particular the women, and take back the power. Not in the sense that men think of power, but you know women, you know what I speak and for those who do not know, sit quiet and "listen".....read books like Alice Walkers, learn of the traditional ways of the American Indian women, they understood, they always had better lives than under the white society or Dominent Culture. This was torn from them by Dominent Cultural based on patriarchael preditory energy, so they too are having to take back their power, one woman at a time. Is why I hold a monthly Womens Circle....one woman at a time or several at a time, it is open to all women, of all ages, all backgrounds.

Alice Walker:

Its an acceptance of a kind of suffering. You hope that something will come of it, but theres no way of knowing.

I will leave the words of Martin Luther King, Jr.

"I choose to identify with the underprivileged, I choose to identify with the poor, I choose to give my life for the hungry, I choose to give my life for those who have been left out of the sunlight of opportunity. This is the way Im going. If it means suffering a little bit, Im going that way. If it means sacrificing, Im going that way. If it means dying for them, Im going that way, because I heard a voice saying DO SOMETHING FOR OTHERS.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

But I think for most Americans, the change thats required is huge.

But once the mindshift has been made there is a FREEDOM that comes along with it. Until you make that shift you do not understand what that Freedom is. Too many think, that freedom is given to them simply by being an American, they were raised that way, to believe that. Yes, we do have some types of freedom that others do not, but we too are not truly free. So when the statement is said, "we must fight for freedom, or freedom is never free" they are looking at freedom from a whole different place.

True freedom is a whole other way of consciously Walking upon our Earth and our dealings with each other, and our ability to then gain the courage to stand up to the powers that would destroy us otherwise. Your enemies are not over there someplace, the enemy is all around you, within you if you do not begin to see where the true enemy resides, then you are not free. You can hold yourself in bondage without there being any chains around your feet, it is the chains you apply to yourself. Once you have chained yourself, then the ones who will chain you to a system of slavery is easy for them to do. But the wonderful thing is, these chains, once recognized can be broken. As we each break the chains, the hold over us all is less strong.

Alice Walker:

I think the War on Terror is really absurd, especially coming from a country that is founded on terrorism. The hypocrisy of that is corrosive, and we should not accept it. There is no way to stop terrorism if you insist on making enemies of most of the people on the planet. Why should they care about you? All they feel is fear.
So I would stop the War on Terror, and I would start making peace with the peoples of the planet by trying to understand them. I would like us to be able to say, If that happened to me, I would feel exactly the way you do. And what can we do from here, from this understanding? What can we do together?

My comment:

This is such a marvelous paragraph above, I think we all should write it down and tack it next to our computers, frame it in our homes by our doorways, next to the coffee makers, and by our bed stands. How many times on C2 do we read people writings on here that attack another for one thing or another, they throw out these words and yet there are people from around the world reading what they say. Maybe they will never be looked at in the comfort of their home, eye to eye, so they just throw out words that most wouldn't have the courage to do so it they had to look eye to eye to the person.

How do we ever calm the waters if we keep stirring the pot?

Each one of us can't control the world be we can make a conscious effort to control our words. There are ways to present why we feel this way, how we have come to this place, but when I see constant bashing of another due to their sexual orientation, their race, their faith, or those who are athiest, or the fact they are a woman or are poor, it just goes on and on, and we wonder why there can be no peace. I see people on the C2 that wants peace, will do all sorts of speaking of peace, send little peace doves and in another thread they are going on and on about this or that in a hateful tone towards a group they don't like.

I am not exempt, I've had a few days that I just get darn frustrated, the way I see things going within my own life in my own Country, the lack of caring and respect that is rampent from the leadership on down. I've dropped the word idiot to described a political party, and then I say, now that wasn't the way to handle that. I say, attacking those of whom believe that is not getting me anywhere, I must step to a different place and try to understand why they are supporting that position and then be able to in a civil way discuss why I disagree.

And I've seen a lot worse on C2 a place that should be "more caring", a place where we should all be safe to share our ideas and to exchange ideas and to most of all learn from one another. To build bridges and not tear down the people we come in contact with. I've seen terrible conversation thrown out on C2, it is not even being directed at me but it hurts.....it hurts because we are all connected, that the person you slander is still your relative, we all come from the same source, we all are from our Earth Mother. No one who exists has come from another place.

We all need to share this same planet, so when we keep throwing out hurtful words instead of trying to find out as to why another does what they do or how it is this or that is happening, then the opportunity to build a bridge has been lost. Please members of C2, remember your words have power, for better or worse, conduct yourselves on here and where-ever you go with respect to those around you. As Alice Walker said, "Why should they care about you?" And also as she said; "What can we do together?

You will find that we all have more in common than are our differences.

Mitakuye Oyasin



 

Just Carole (338)
Thursday October 4, 2012, 10:53 am
 
On a personal note, this article came at a time when I really needed it.
 
Just within the past few months, my older (by 2 years) sister, Jackie, reunited with the family after an absence of over 30 years.
 
She had several surgeries this past Tuesday in an attempt to qualify for inclusion on a lung transplant list (appendectomy, gall bladder tumor removal, hernia) and has taken a turn for the worst.  She has now developed disseminated intravascular coagulation and the prognosis is not good.   In fact, the next 24 hours are critical.
 
Any prayers or positive vibrations for her are welcomed.

 

Nancy M. (201)
Thursday October 4, 2012, 11:35 am
Sending bunches of good vibrations to your sister.
 

Shailja Mukhtyar (92)
Thursday October 4, 2012, 3:21 pm
With so few examples, she is a living legend, transcendent of all wrongs,
an example of transformation & progress,
May god shine his light on her , always
as she lit a candle for so many!!
 

Dandelion G. (380)
Thursday October 4, 2012, 4:16 pm
Pray to put an end to hope and fear:
If it's better for me to be ill,
I pray for the blessing of illness.

If it's better for me to recover,
I pray for the blessing of recovery.

If it's better for me to die,
I pray for the blessing of death.

- Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche -
- The Great Path of Awakening -

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time Carole.
 

Just Carole (338)
Thursday October 4, 2012, 4:36 pm

Your sincerity and earnest goodness are humbling and gracious, dear friend.

(And, yes, I am aware that her path has already been decided; but still, I must beseech the Great Spirit, because I am incapable of giving up hope.)

 

Lyn Z. (293)
Thursday October 4, 2012, 5:10 pm
Thanks you Carole. Peace & Blessings
 

SuSanne P. (183)
Thursday October 4, 2012, 5:18 pm
My deepest gratitude for sharing this with me Carole. I had so many thoughts to share and gratitude to express, but I will humbly say thank you. Know my greatest concern right now is for your dearest sister Jackie, and that she has the strength to fight during this next 24 hours. You know I will Pray for her the moment I finish this message. I will Pray for you as well my dear friend, as I remember when you shared Jackie being reunited with you/your family during the news of your brother. Forgive me for not messaging you as much as I should have, as I wish I could be there for you during these difficult times. I am here for you now, 24/7. Maybe the ANGEL video will give you the Peace it did before? Just a though. It is a *coincidence* (I think not) that I purchased a very special candle today. I will light it now while I Pray for Jackie... and you.
 

Susanne R. (249)
Thursday October 4, 2012, 8:54 pm
Like several others, I was most affected by the following comment made by this remarkable woman:

"Walker: I think the War on Terror is really absurd, especially coming from a country that is founded on terrorism. The hypocrisy of that is corrosive, and we should not accept it. There is no way to stop terrorism if you insist on making enemies of most of the people on the planet. Why should they care about you? All they feel is fear.

So I would stop the War on Terror, and I would start making peace with the peoples of the planet by trying to understand them. I would like us to be able to say, If that happened to me, I would feel exactly the way you do. And what can we do from here, from this understanding? What can we do together?
................
And this is what I would tell all those people who have the audacity to describe President Obama's attempts at repairing relations with foreign countries as an "apology tour." They simply don't get it, and they are to be pitied.
...............
Carole: I'm so sorry to hear about your sister's health problems! I hope that her condition has stabilized by the time you read this and that her prognosis becomes much more favorable. Don't give up hope. Prayers are being sent you way.
 

Dee C. (209)
Friday October 5, 2012, 12:59 am
I have always been inspired by Ms Walker..have read all of her books.. Her writing has always been absolutely exquisite..

Sending you and your sister positive healing hugs..Never give up..and tell her to keep on dancing..
((hugs))
 

Chris W. (91)
Friday October 5, 2012, 2:10 am
Words of a true hero ( Carol) = because I am incapable of giving up hope <

Great Post! And many blessings Carol for you and anyone close to you. Find all the peace you so rightfully deserve.
 

Sandra M Z. (114)
Friday October 5, 2012, 9:46 pm
Walker: I think the War on Terror is really absurd, especially coming from a country that is founded on terrorism. The hypocrisy of that is corrosive, and we should not accept it. There is no way to stop terrorism if you insist on making enemies of most of the people on the planet. Why should they care about you? All they feel is fear.
So I would stop the War on Terror, and I would start making peace with the peoples of the planet by trying to understand them. I would like us to be able to say, If that happened to me, I would feel exactly the way you do. And what can we do from here, from this understanding? What can we do together?

This paragraph is very powerful. Thank you for posting!

Dear Carole, I am glad for your sister's reuniting with the family after 30 years. Your incredible Strength of Spirit will Guide you through. Take time to care for yourself, too, as you help Jackie and your loved ones. Blessings of Peace at this emotional time for all.
 

Michael Sandstrom (306)
Saturday October 6, 2012, 5:24 pm
Caroles sister Jackie died this morning before Carole could get there ( she was on her way to Ohio when she passed) please let her friends know and send them prayers, blessings etc.
 

Caitlin Mac Iver (103)
Sunday October 7, 2012, 10:52 am
As often happens, Susanne R. has put into words what strikes me about this article as well. The US response to 9/11 was a chance for America to show good will, instead of deserving of retribution for our own policies and actions. But GWB, like the cowboy of the old west, reverted to posse vengeance. Ms. Walker has said it so well. I wish shed been our president then... and now.

Thank you, Carole, for this article and for being someone who appreciates this article. I am so sorry that your sister died before you reached her side. She knows you were there in spirit, I'm sure. Blessings to you and all your family.
 

Michael M. (58)
Sunday October 7, 2012, 11:41 am
Poets are what remain of holistic thinkers in the present culture.

I often worry that my actions in advocacy are solipsistic, as i take care of an aging wolf these days, and feel utterly insufficient in, and guilty for, everything I do. Perhaps women do not feel in such a way, even though their lives are bound up in complexity. Perhaps those who pursued a strong focus on life as exploration of things which had personal meaning avoided by relatives, are less able to handle the complexity and political activity of writers and urban peoples. Perhaps males are less able to handle complexity!

Here I'd like to discuss what I termed as a teenager, the exploration of terror (I can't use that word now, as it has been usurped by the US culture as a synonym for evil behavior, rather than a transient emotion requiring exploration, and the path to developing courage).

Without moments of terror in our experience, we never gain courage.

Excerpt: "Walker: . . . good in that sense can sometimes be very facile. And a good cover, you know, Im doing good, so I dont have to change very much. But I think for most Americans, the change thats required is huge."

I once argued with a psych instructor over the viability of a nomadic northern culture I was studying. I mentioned that they did not need psychology, medicine, "real estate" or other things without which this culture sees as necessities, and yet they lived lives more happy, more empathic, more related to the world around them, than anyone I had met in this culture in a lifetime.

Empathy is understanding the experience of others, whereas sympathy is merely feeling as they do. The words are often turgidly mixed in understanding. With empathy, we can feel what they feel, without being caught in the flow of emotions leading to inappropriate frustration and anger/rage which can follow unhappy experience.
If the experience is not felt fully, little good is gained; anger is never the first emotion experienced, but is derived from beliefs previously held interacting with events. Whether questing for a vision, on walkabout, meditating, using various disciplines, human cultures often developed means from escaping some of the worst human traits.

Fear unfaced is the problem, as most of you here may know. Refusal to experience fear brings a culture into dogmatism, militarism, security states. Alice Walker is being interviewed by a magazine which calls itself "Progressive"; willingness to face one's own fear and to make it disappear, rather than to blame it upon an enemy, and attempt to eradicate that enemy, merely leads to a lifetime of creating enemies - a lifetime enslaved by fear.

In the quote I chose above, I'd like to emphasize the word facile. It is easy to claim to want something (facile is Latin for easily). Walker is quite literal here. In her work and life, she explores meaning, the pursuit of which requires courage, in contrast to the common spirit to which she refers by using "facile." Meridian, btw, was a town where 3 people disappeared, murdered for seeking empathy, true justice, equality, respect.

So my inference is that presently most refuse to experience fear, instead going on to hate. Please explore this in your own experience.


Michael S & Carole: Thank you. Each life contains meanings beyond that which can be experienced by any other life; and when finished, each life is complete, whole, and adds to all other life and lives in unending ways.
To take the deepest joy in this, her completed life, will help to reveal what she has to give each of us, and all that lives.
 

Krystal R. (123)
Sunday October 7, 2012, 12:19 pm
O my, when my mother gets back tonight, she will feel the pain of one of her dearest friends sorrow, sigh. I will tell her before she reads this post. Her and Carol have known each other for so long, when she came back to care2, Carol was one of the people she had to reach out for, Prayers and blessing out to Carol from the whole family. This must be so hard for her ={
 

Dandelion G. (380)
Sunday October 7, 2012, 12:35 pm
Native American Prayer

I give you this one thought to keep -
I am with you still - I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush,
I am the sweet uplifting rush,
of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft starts that shine at night.
Do not think of me as gone -
I am with you still in each new dawn.

I am truly sorry for the pain you now experience Carole surrounding this recent family loss of sister. If you need to talk I am here. Be gentle with yourself.

 

Jelica R. (157)
Sunday October 7, 2012, 6:25 pm
I've spent 4 days in bed, mostly sleeping, 100 F temperature, etc (I'm fine now)... and when I came back today, the first message that caught my eye was "... candle for Carole and her sister Jackie...". Reading your comments here... I'm so sorry Jackie didn't make it.

My condolences to dear Carole and her family. Words are too shallow to help you in your sorrow now, and yet, words are the only means we have on the Internet...

May I invite care2 community to light a candle HERE.
 

julia c. (42)
Thursday October 11, 2012, 7:30 pm
thank you carole
 

Patricia Cannell (754)
Friday October 19, 2012, 7:51 am
Alice Walker is an amazing woman who has lived an incredible life. Her book The Color Purple was wonderful and I had read it many years ago, before Hollywood got a hold of it. She is a wonderful woman. Thank you so much Carole for sharing this story with us. Also would like to than Ben O. for sharing the bio on Alice Walker.
 

Rose NoFWDSPLZ (276)
Wednesday October 24, 2012, 9:12 pm
I love Alice walker but Carole, I love you more for posting this through you time of hardship
 

Suheyla C. (229)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 8:48 am
Thank you Carole
 

Phyllis P. (406)
Monday June 10, 2013, 1:17 pm
"I think all people who struggle at the risk of their lives have some Meridian in them. Its an acceptance of a kind of suffering." Wow Just C....I like that. Sorry I am SO VERY LATE seeing this, but always from you, they are worth the wait!!
 
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