21 comments on “If Not You, Then Who?

  1. This reminds me of an authors quote ( I can’t remember who) on writing, he said “only write what you believe.” Spoken in the manner that we would, from our hearts as we feel it with honesty, as is our human responsibility. A clear conscience is a cross to bear.

    A great read. Thank you.

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  2. Hmm…I imagine this can be applied to many situations and many forms of being…not limited to writing…and yet, I am thinking of taking to my pen and responding to a situation…It is such a delicate balance — “to speak one’s mind” and not be abrasive or crushing. I guess the criteria is the motivation that sparks the demand? I have been struggling with WHAT TO DO since September of last year, when my friend since we were 14 years of age, has decided to pull the plug on ALL relationships and retreat into her cave. The loss of her in my life is profound–sometimes I get really angry at what she has chosen to do…then sometimes, I think WHO am I to beg her to live her life differently? Then I read Harper Lee’s GO SET A WATCHMAN, and in Chapter 18, she writes: “Very well, if you won’t tell me what Melbourne said I’ll put it in my own words: the time your friends need you is when they’re wrong, Jean Louise. They don’t need you when they’re right—”
    Thank you for making me reflect once again, Paul…Have a good weekend!

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  3. I am an Indian , in India….I got goose flesh when I first read the poem…..The politics aside…..it is like a wake up call….those who pretend a death because they have forgotten how to fight……those who can love fiercely but have succumbed to fear of freedom and safety of cowardice…..they should read it ….it also has a semblance to Bhagavadgita our scripture where Lord Krishna calls upon Arjun to fight on the side of right and sacrifice all relations to uphold the right….
    Universal conscience is so alike.
    I am humbled reading it.

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