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February 5, 2018

Who exactly needs reminding of humanity and suffering?


Who is this proverbial “we” who needs “art to pull us away from our devices….”


As if suffering can only be felt or experienced if it is brought to “our” attention.




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  1. Mary Sunshine permalink
    February 5, 2018 6:31 am

    I need reminding of * not suffering *. The sun flooding in my window, even in the depths of winter. A nibble of fresh parsley from my windowsill. On that same windowsill, a branch of an expired tomato plant that has burst forth in bright yellow flowers, and even now, set a little green tomato. All my life I have been transfixed by human suffering, and will continue to be. It has shaped my life.

    • February 5, 2018 7:03 am

      OH-MY-GOD, Yes, Mary, that’s it. I couldn’t find the words when I read a comment on a New Yorker article about needing reminders about human suffering. You are exactly right. I survive by reminding myself that there are moments of not-suffering. Thank you for putting it into words.

      Actually when I was reading about the “reminders of human suffering,” my mind was transfixed on a woman who died last Wednesday. I went to pick my daughter up from work last night and I saw a little sidewalk memorial with a cross, and plenty of fresh carnations. I asked my daughter if she knew what had happened because the flowers were very fresh and none of that was there Friday night when I picked her up. I found the article in the paper. A 40 year old woman was out jogging along the sidewalk and was killed by a truck that pulled out from the shopping center. She didn’t die until she got to the hospital. All those carnations make me think of all the people who are sad and suffering her death right now.

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