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October 05, 2019


So glad you were there Beth and have writtene so eloquently about this event. Jonathan's photos are equally eloquent and strong, could they be published in the media?

I too have thought of Joan of Arc in connection with Greta - she even looks like some of the images of that earlier young and passionate revolutionary. But indeed I hope her fate is not, even metaphorically, anything like what befell Jeanne d'Arc.

They seem like trivial details but Greta Thunberg's impassive Scandinavian face and measured tones are remrkably eloquent. As if at some time she'd become adult (in the widest sense of the word) and had decided to re-adopt the form of a teenager. This is a crisis too vast for cheap and disposable rhetoric, she seems to be saying. We must be in this for the long term (insofar as there is a long term) and our seriousness must never be relaxed.

It seemed typical of DT that he should choose exactly the wrong set of words ("happy" for goodness sake!) to describe her. But with impeachment at his shoulder why should he give a toss about the fate of Planet Earth? And that's it; the reverse for him: with the morals of a spoilt, untutored child he has chosen to array himself as a dayglo-orange-faced captain of industry. Politics? Just a series of murky deals where anything goes, the more vicious the more effective.

Where are you now, George Grosz?

The Dalai Lama has purportedly said that western women will save the world. Well, I'd say Greta Thunberg is one of them.

This essay captures both the hope and shame of the movement. I just happened to watch Ken Burns’ series “ The West” immediately before this. I saw it as the story of every generation who came to North America, regardless of country of origin, despoiling the environment—not just those alive to hear Greta’s indictment. Maybe now, this young woman can mobilize enough outrage to get concrete action.

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  • 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.