Thursday, November 16, 2006

Never give up...

The Presbyterian Chaplaincy at Queens is currently putting together a photo exhibition for World Aids Day which they are calling "Never give up". The name comes from a song sang by the members of JL Zwani Church in Guguletu, Cape Town, every Sunday during the part of their weekly worship which focuses on HIV/AIDS. It is a statement of courage and faith and the memory of hearing it always moves me...

This week as part of my course I have been reading about genocide and came across this awesome and brutal reminder. It is from the epilogue of Bertold Brecht's, 'The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui’:

If we could learn to look instead of gawking,
We’d see the horror in the heart of farce,
If we could only act instead of talking,
We wouldn’t always end up on our arse.
This was the thing that had us mastered;
Don’t yet rejoice in his defeat, you men!
Although the world stood up and stopped the bastard,
The bitch that bore him is in heat again.

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