“The psyches and souls of women also have their own cycles and seasons of doing and solitude, running and staying, being involved and being removed, questing and resting, creating and incubating, being of the world and returning to the soul-place.”
~ Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Women Who Run with the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype
This is my outraged old crone blog entry. I use the word, crone, not in the sense of the ugly, old, hag. Rather, I choose the secondary definition, found in some dictionaries, that describes the crone as a wise, old, woman. I do not presume to fit that definition faultlessly. Instead, I assert that as a result of my time on this planet, having experienced and processed seventy years of history, I claim knowledge of hard, albeit qualitative, data upon which I base the opinions expressed in this blog.
I was born during century when millions of men, women, and children were marginalized and murdered because of their ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual preference, or for any other reason that caused them to be deemed dangerous to malevolent and fascist leaders. Furthermore, during that time our own nation – the nation founded on the belief in the right of all (although for most of our history it has never been ALL) to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” – established internment camps that isolated our own citizens because of their ancestry.
As a young woman, I imagined that perhaps those of us who dreamed about and fought for the God-given freedoms of others might carry within our beings a spark of the martyred children and adults who were tortured, gassed, and burned for no other reason but for their identity as members of certain groups. It was my hope that those sparks might unite into a flame of reason that could set the world right. Yet, year after year, I suffered the knowledge of the existence of other groups whose genocidal holocausts passed without stirring the moral outrage of the masses – Armenia, Ukraine, Nanking, Cambodia, Bosnia-Hersegovina, Ruanda.
Now, a recent poll (Monmouth University, 12/14/15) shows that close to half of prospective independent and Republican voters support the presidential candidacy of a candidate who wants surveillance of places of worship of members of a certain religion (CNN, 11/21/15) and proposes that members of that same religion be banned from entering the U.S. (Washington Post,12/7/15), and suggested that this ban be ensured by identifying and trailing them (Meet the Press, 12/13/15). How far is this from insisting that certain groups wear a symbolic yellow piece of felt on their clothing for identification purposes?
Enough! Justice! And justice is not just for us. It is time for all people of good will to stand up and voice their outrage. We are a human family, blessed with peoples of diverse cultures and beliefs. For those with the good fortune to have immersed ourselves in different cultures, a truth that we gain from living and interacting with buena gente (good people) is that none of us are better, nor worse, just different. And learning from and celebrating those differences makes us stronger. Granted, in each culture there are malicious, radical elements. Some call for a war on those who are different than them; some starve, gas, or otherwise kill those who are different; some isolate them or ban them.
The good news that I have read lately is that the majority of our nation’s citizens disagree with proposals to isolate and ban the entry of people based on their religion (NBC/WSJ Poll, 12/10/15). I invite that majority to join me in speaking out and expressing their outrage.
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
~Martin Luther King, Jr.