Quotations On Empathy

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“Never Criticize A Man Until You Have Walked A Mile In His Moccasins.”

                                                            Native American Saying

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“I do not ask the wounded person how he feels, I myself become the wounded person.”

                                                             Walt Whitman

 

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“No one cares how much you know, until they know how much you care”

                                                             Theodore Roosevelt

 

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“Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not, and, therefore, the foundation of all invention and innovation. In its arguably most transformative and revelatory capacity, it is the power that enables us to empathize with humans whose experiences we have never shared.”

                                                              J. K. Rowling

Quotations on Racism

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“No human race is superior; no religious faith is inferior. All collective judgments are wrong. Only racists make them”

                                                                       Elie Wiesel

 

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“The contributions of African Americans, Native Americans, and immigrants throughout our nation’s history are undeniable, but the tendency to overlook their gallant efforts is pervasive and persistent.”

                                                                      Tammy Duckworth

 

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“Our nation was born in genocide when it embraced the doctrine that the original American, the Indian, was an inferior race. Even before there were large numbers of Negroes on our shore, the scar of racial hatred had already disfigured colonial society. From the sixteenth century forward, blood flowed in battles over racial supremacy. We are perhaps the only nation which tried as a matter of national policy to wipe out its indigenous population. Moreover, we elevated that tragic experience into a noble crusade. Indeed, even today we have not permitted ourselves to reject or feel remorse for this shameful episode. Our literature, our films, our drama, our folklore all exalt it. Our children are still taught to respect the violence which reduced a red-skinned people of an earlier culture into a few fragmented groups herded into impoverished reservations.”

                                                         Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

 

 

A Guest Post For the U.L.S. The Underground Library Society by K.D. Dowdall

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I want to thank the wonderful writer and blogger K.D. Dowdall for becoming a member of the U.L.S. The Underground Library Society and for writing this post about the books she would become. Please visit her site Pen and Paper !

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As a member of Dr. Charles F. French’s Underground Library Society, I have been asked to write about what book or books I would choose to become, should the world, someday, resemble the novel, Fahrenheit 451 in which books are illegal.

Colonial America has always fascinated me. It was the beginning of a new world order, but it wasn’t about democracy, at least in the beginning—far from it. It was about religious freedom and freedom from tyranny. Yet, nothing could have been farther from the truth.

The Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, in 1620, to start a new life—with or without a religion of their choosing. And then came the Puritans, in 1630, who landed at Salem, a band of Calvinists believers. They were refugees, expelled from England, and then also expelled for the Dutch city of Amsterdam for their harsh, cruel, and unorthodox beliefs.

This brings me to my choice of a book or books I would become, based on two young women’s true life stories, which changed the narrative of Colonial America’s journey into becoming a democracy. They are: Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks, and Tidewater by Libbie Hawker.

Of course, there were other young women in Colonial America that helped to bring enlightenment, humanism, and the beginning of the scientific movement, like philosophy in which we see Descartes’ famous quotation: “Cogito, Ergo sum – I think, there for I am.”

Two such notable women were Anne Bradstreet and Anne Hutchinson. Anne Bradstreet published the first book written by a woman in Colonial America. Anne Hutchinson was one of the first feminists in Colonial America to advocate equality for women. Their independent thinking, in the days of Puritan tyranny in Colonial America, helped to impact America’s journey into independence, equality, and separation of church and state.

Tidewater by Libby Hawker, set in 1607, Jamestown, Virginia, is the story of Amonute, commonly known as Pocahontas—a nickname given to her by her grandfather. Twelve year old Amonute’s independent, intelligent, inquisitive, and brave nature, allowed her to walk naked to the small settlement of unbathed, filthy, and starving English men. These men, without women, had had no idea how to survive in this new land.

John Smith, with his similar nature, welcomed Amonute’s knowledge and wisdom. She alone, for good or ill, changed the course of history, bringing together, as least temporarily, a truce between two vastly different cultures. Pocahontas married a caucasian Protestant minister and was invited to mingle with Royalty in England. She is still remembered with great fondness, by the English people, and they have dozens of statutes of Pocahontas throughout England.

My second favorite, Caleb’s Crossing, by Geraldine Brooks, is set in 1665, and brings vividly to life the story of the first Native American to graduate from Harvard University. The real heroine of this story, however, is Bethia Mayfield. Despite growing up on a small island, surrounded by strict Puritan theology, Bethia grew up possessed of “a restless spirit and a curious mind.”

Despite her upbringing, Bethia defied the bounds of her rigid Calvinistic father’s ministry. One day, while exploring the forested island, Bethia met Caleb, the son of the Chieftain of Great Harbor, now known as Martha’s Vineyard. They became secret friends. Bethia was impressed with the young Wampanoag Indian’s innate intellect, and she was further impressed by the freedom to speak their minds, given to the males and females in Caleb’s Native American Indian society.

As they grew up, Bethia fought to have Caleb become a learned young man in Puritan Colonialism. She won the fight between the old ways and the new, and Caleb went to study Greek and Latin at Harvard University. Bethia went to Cambridge at the behest of her brother, and she became the voice in a society that required women’s silence.

I would have chosen to become either one of these intuitive, brave, and independent, forward-thinking young women who helped to promote, as it says in our Constitution, “…the general welfare, and to secure the Blessings of Liberty.” 

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Thank you again to K.D. Dowdall for her wonderful post!

 

An Underground Library Society Guest Post by A.L. Kaplan

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I want to thank A. L. Kaplan for participating in my call for readers and writers to become members of the U.L.S.–The Underground Library Society.

Please visit her wonderful site: alkaplan expression through writing

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I’ve been going back and forth on which book I would choose to become. Two of my favorite books growing up were Julie of the Wolves, by Jean Craighead George, and Island of the Blue Dolphins, by Scott O’Dell. Both are about young girls forced to survive on their own. They also both find themselves in their situations because of people not native to their homes.

Miyax, also called Julie, is a 13-year-old Eskimo girl. Forced to marry another teen, she runs away and finds herself lost in the Alaskan wilderness. Through observation and the knowledge learned from her father, learns how to join a wolf pack.

In Scott O’Dell’s book, twelve-year-old Karana is stranded on San Nicolas Island for eighteen years. It’s based on the true story of Juana Maria, who was rescued in 1853. Her village was devastated by seal hunters. Those who survived, were relocated to California, where they later died from disease.

These books sparked my love of wolves and nature even though I didn’t realize their influence until I was grown. It’s important that these stories not be forgotten. They are a reminder not only of nature’s beauty, but that all people and cultures have value.

With these influences, I guess it’s not surprising that my writing leans towards young people surviving on their own. The main character in my short story, Wolf Dawn, is sixteen. Maya, from Mark of the Goddess is thirteen, and Tatiana is eighteen.

 

Island of the Blue Dolphin: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0038AUY8M/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

 

Julie of the Wolves: https://www.amazon.com/Julie-Wolves-Jean-Craighead-George-ebook/dp/B00X3NIVX4/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1535746111&sr=1-1&keywords=julie+of+the+wolves

 

Star Touched: https://www.amazon.com/Star-Touched-L-Kaplan-ebook/dp/B071WQJNM8/ref=sr_1_1?s=software&ie=UTF8&qid=1535746163&sr=8-1&keywords=star+touched

 

“Mark of the Goddess” In a Cat’s Eye: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01M2YXDWE/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i1

 

“Wolf Dawn” Young Adventurers: Heroes, Adventurers, and Swashbucklershttps://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1940758076/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i3

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