Not So Random Entries, Commonplace Moleskine/7

by Mark Chmiel

440. Human madness is oftentimes a cunning and most feline thing. When you think it fled, it may have but become transfigured into some still subtler form. — Herman Melville

464. One of the most persistent stereotypes of the Second Chechen War is that the refugees are enemies of Russia. They are not seen as living in tents because their own warm houses were bombed. They are not seen as having been deprived of their rights. They are not seen as innocent people unjustly accused. –Anna Politkovskaya

495. Above all, be capable always of feeling to the depths any injustice committed against anyone in any part of the world. That is the finest quality in a revolutionary. –Che Guevara

522. Relatedness, the way I perceive it, means the connection, the correlation, the interdependence that exists between and among all things. It refers to the very stuff that creates and sustains life, that nourishes life and allows it to grow. When we think of relatedness this way, the image that comes to mind is similar to a spider web, but at the same time more open, more interlinked, everything connected with everything else. — Ivone Gebara

543. But I want to be where Jews are. I want to be where Jewish history is being made. And during the war it was being made in Israel. –Elie Wiesel

571. Commitment for me, like for any bourgeois intellectual who has not been faced with misery, poverty, torture, or death, was purely cerebral. –Jean-Paul Sartre

599. Such complicity and cruelty on such a scale would require the talents of a Swift to dissect. –Edward Said

 

Ivone Gebara; Recife, Brazil; photo by Mev; 1990

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