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Who was Cassandra?


  • In the Iliad, she is described as the loveliest of the daughters of Priam (King of Troy), and gifted with prophecy. The god Apollo loved her, but she spurned him. As a punishment, he decreed that no one would ever believe her. So when she told her fellow Trojans that the Greeks were hiding inside the wooden horse...well, you know what happened.

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April 20, 2019

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Well said, Beth!

Beautiful.

Beth, I'm wholly with you. Thank you for expressing these things so well and with so much feeling.
Easter is nearly over over here but my love and warmest wishes are still winging their way to you and Jonathan.

And if all that isn't enough, we have the horror of the anti-Christian bombings in Sri Lanka.

I think some people don't think about the blood, sweat and toil that went into building things such as Notre Dame and how it's good to honor their work. And, why can't there be this rebuilding along with the work of helping people? Where were the people complaining about billionaires not giving money to rebuild black churches, etc. Did they give money? Did they ask the churches what they need? I know I didn't, so I don't think I can complain about someone else not giving money.

Rachel, Peter, Mike -- thank you.

Natalie, thanks for your Easter wishes and solidarity with these feelings.

Tom -- good to hear from you! And yes, how horrible. I fail to understand how human beings can be so vicious in the name of religion, or against other religions, but it has been a constant thread through human history.

Kathryn, thanks for this comment. You make a very good point about how people don't know what went into the building of a cathedral. And, as we've seen now in the media, about people who spout off about what *should* be done, but don't give a cent to anything. Social media has made it easy for anyone and everyone to voice an opinion, but actions still speak louder than words. I hope people are moved to give to whatever cause resonates the most with them.

Wise, deeply thought, articulate and beautiful. May we all aspire to be more like Beth!

Thank you Beth for your thoughts. I too am concerned about the rise in hate. The pleasure in considering oneself and one's own point of view as better than everyone else's closes off the possibility of dialogue and deeper understanding, and creates divisions between individuals and communities. True dialogue requires active listening as well as speaking. How can we learn we learn/teach the art of dialogue?

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