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.For those interested, an English translation of Sartre's original essay may be found here.
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?