Friday, 5 February 2010

The past is never dead. It's not even the past.

- William Faulkner, Requiem For a Nun
from an epigraph to The Fifth Generation: A Nez Perce Tale by Linwood Laughy

2 comments:

Connie NC/AZ said...

One of my own favorite quotes. And, from a Native American perspective, entirely appropriate. In the NA worldview, "time" is simply a returnative concept--sort of along the lines of a flexible band that is tugged on by every participant in human life, living, dead, or not yet living, and so is maleable and changeable.It can also be seen as merely a Western concept that doesn't really reflect Indian ways of thinking.

Loree said...

I really like that idea. Every time someone tugs on the band, it affects the grip of everyone else holding on. I do think we are all connected -all people, all events, all time. We're part of the same great big puzzle. I think that part of the difficulties we face today is that we cherish our individual identity so much that we forget that everything we do affects other people.