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Seeking a quote - Your assistance is requested - Incest Survivors' Support

Nov. 10th, 2007

08:06 pm - Seeking a quote - Your assistance is requested

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I've created another LJ account that will be used for family.. maybe. That's the idea, anyway. So I'm planning everything very carefully... what to put as Interests, what name I use, and what to put in the bio. I would like to put a quote (or maybe more) in the bio that is similar to the one below. I would very much like it to allude to being a survivor, if not obviously, then at least between the lines, if that makes sense?

I have considered creating an LJ Community for the members of my family, which will (possibly, hopefully) satisfy those of the family that want "togetherness" while giving me the distance that I really want. My parents will be there, as well as my siblings, which includes one of my abusers. So.. this is a dicey and important thing.

If anyone knows of anything, please let me know.. and if you're not quite sure what I'm looking for, I'll try and explain myself more fully.

Why is it we want so badly to memorialize ourselves? Even while we're still alive. We wish to assert our existence, like dogs peeing on fire hydrants. We put on display our framed photographs, our parchment diplomas, our silver-plated cups; we monogram our linen, we carve our names on trees, we scrawl them on washroom walls. It's all the same impulse. What do we hope from it? Applause, envy, respect? Or simply, attention, of any kind we can get?

At the very least we want a witness. We can't stand the idea of our voices falling silent finally, like a radio running down.

- Margaret Atwood


x-posted to _survivors_

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From:radiant_roasted
Date:November 11th, 2007 08:28 pm (UTC)

Hmmmm....

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Don't know why, but I find the Atwood quotation sad and a little desperate ... Maybe because I've gotten away from those kinds of memoralizing ... Ever since Henry died, I'm less hung up on taking pictures of events; I prefer to live in the moment, instead of viewing the moment through a viewfinder/screen ... It's also something I got from Thorton Wilder's "Our Town" ...

And I post blog entries more because it's a way of externalizing my internal thoughts than because I think they're going to be remembered by anyone else ... I enjoy the interaction that posting to a group promotes ...

Also, I favor philosophers like Heidegger and Socrates/Plato/Aristotle ... and my own (modest, cough, cough) contributions ... Usually not original; just modified into my own language ...

Hope that helps! Lotsa love!
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