Protect

: to cover or shield from exposure, injury, damage, or destruction
: Guard
: Defend
: to maintain the status or integrity of especially through financial or legal guarantees

Source: www.merriam-webster.com

Etymology

Protect (v.): mid-15th century, from Latin protectus, past participle of protegereto protect, cover in front.” International economics sense from 1789.

Source: www.etymonline.com

Wisdom

“The ache for home lives in all of us. The safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.”

Maya Angelou (1928-2014, born Marguerite Johnson, author, poet, historian, songwriter, playwright, dancer, stage and screen producer, director, performer, singer, civil rights activist)

Bio Source:

Maya Angelou (1928-2014, born Marguerite Johnson, author, poet, historian, songwriter, playwright, dancer, stage and screen producer, director, performer, singer, civil rights activist)

“Your silence will not protect you.”

Audre Lorde (1934-1992, a self-described “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet,” who dedicated her life and creative talent to confronting and addressing the injustices of racism, sexism, and homophobia)

Bio Source:

www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poets/detail/audre-lorde

“The best lightning rod for your protection is your own spine.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, Transcendentalist writer and poet, who inspired the likes of Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson)

Bio Source:

www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/09/07/ecstasy-of-influence

“Every man I meet wants to protect me. I can't figure out what from.”

Mae West (1893-1980, actress and writer, who began as a child star in vaudeville, and later went on to write her own plays including “SEX,” for which she was arrested)

Bio Source:

www.imdb.com/name/nm0922213/

“I finally figured out that not every crisis can be managed. As much as we want to keep ourselves safe, we can't protect ourselves from everything. If we want to embrace life, we also have to embrace chaos.”

Susan Elizabeth Phillips (b, 1948, American romance novelist, created of the sports romance and has been called the “Queen of Romantic Comedy”)

Bio Source:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Susan_Elizabeth_Phillips

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated. I hold that the more helpless a creature the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of humankind.”

Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, known as “Mahatma,” meaning “Great Soul,” anti-war activist, primary leader of India’s independence movement, and the architect of non-violent civil disobedience that influenced the world)

Bio Source:

www.biography.com/people/mahatma-gandhi-9305898

“A book is a fragile creature, it suffers the wear of time, it fears rodents, the elements and clumsy hands. so the librarian protects the books not only against mankind but also against nature and devotes his life to this war with the forces of oblivion.”

Umberto Eco (1932-2016, writer, linguist, philosopher, and university professor; best known for “The Name of the Rose”)

Bio Source:

www.umbertoeco.com/en

“That was my first instinct -- to protect him. It never occurred to me that there was a greater need to protect myself. Innocence always calls mutely for protection when we would be so much wiser to guard ourselves against it: innocence is like a dumb leper who has lost his bell, wandering the world, meaning no harm.”

Graham Greene (1904-1991, Henry Graham Greene, British novelist, short-story writer, playwright, and journalist “whose novels treat life’s moral ambiguities in the context of contemporary settings”)

Bio Source:

www.britannica.com/biography/Graham-Greene

Meditation

“Your silence will not protect you.”

Audre Lorde

 

Our silence will not protect us and neither will our indifference. Sticking our heads in the sand and not looking at the realities of our world may in fact move us closer, blindsiding us to creative solutions.  We must have the courage to look and discern the wickedness we have propagated, and we must fight against it with all of our might, especially when we are called and assigned to do so.

Otherwise, we will continue to haphazardly give our power away to those who are undeserving.

Looking at evil is difficult.  It’s challenging to see its components, our role in its making, and to courageously stand up and to speak out on what others are unable to see or advocate for themselves.

But, no matter how scary our world may seem it’s opening up on many levels.  Horrific secrets are being revealed about the choices we have made and what we are choosing to become. This is important, because current events are forcing us to look in the mirror, to face ourselves, and to choose alternative paths.

Either we can pivot, move forward, and create a world of ethical truth; or we can choose to remain stagnant in our co-created lies and deceptions.

It’s up to us as individuals and equally so as a collective.

Sojourners, it’s time!

Faithfully Yours, Tonya

 

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