Saturday, November 27, 2010

On the Republic of Silence

Sometimes, I'll read through the blogs of old friends who have, for one reason or another, gone silent. Dove's excellent blog, In Flight existed but a short time, and her voice on the Internet became silent about three years ago. She was a weaver of profound words during that all-too-brief period, and although I hold out only faint hope that perhaps one day she will reappear in blogtopia, I trust that she is still writing and that some audience somewhere benefits from what she has to say.

With that introduction aside, today I was reading her essay, On the Republic of Silence, in which she summarizes an essay written by Jean-Paul Sartre as World War Two was drawing to a close. I'll share with you her closing words:
Well we are all Occupied now. And beneath this assault there is little enough cause for hope. No knights in shining armour riding to the rescue, no gun-slinging heroes of the wild west, no grand-standing high-minded politicians to lead us to the Promised Land. No justice. Just us.




And like as not, whatever we choose will not suffice.

So welcome to your freedom.

It cannot be removed from you: no torture can excise it, no luxury can exorcise it, no justification can excuse it.

It is wholly and irrevocably yours.

What will you do with it?
For those interested, an English translation of Sartre's original essay may be found here.

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