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Stop The Repression! The saintly Archbishop Oscar Romero and the little corporal cross paths today.

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“On Monday, March 24, 1980, Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero was shot and killed while saying Mass in the chapel of the Divine Providence cancer hospital in San Salvador. Once regarded as a quiet, bookish cleric, Romero had dared to speak out against state-sanctioned terrorism on behalf of its otherwise voiceless, and often impoverished, victims. In his homily at the basilica the previous day, he had directly addressed the army and National Guard: “I implore you, I beg you, in God’s name I order you:    Stop the repression!” Tragically, his appeal was not heeded: at least 75,000 Salvadorans died in the ensuing 12-year civil war between the U.S.-backed Salvadoran government and a coalition of rebel groups known as the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN). “
One day I was running and is my habit thinking about Life, Death and pretty much everything in between  and especially about sexuality, mine in particular and its evolution.  Why now this revelation? How did it come about at this juncture? I was not having some obvious mid-life crisis, nobody was dying or being born in my family, or close circle of friends. Without getting into psycho———anything I was obviously repressing, suppressing, oppressing my psyche from its true nature, desires, wants, wishes.
What I made a vow of, was that going forward I would not fall into a state of repression again. Easier said than done, if you are not really even aware of when you are doing it. Fear I realized was the great enemy. Fear of what I wanted, fear of what society would think of those desires, fear of what those close to me would say-do if that came to light.  In the great (I think) film “Judgment at Nuremburg” (1961) there is an extremely powerful scene with Burt Lancaster in the docket giving this very impassioned speech detailing the reasons why National Socialism took hold and swept to power in Germany.  “…There was fear in the land. Fear of ourselves. Fear of today. Fear of tomorrow. Fear of our neighbours. And only when you can understand this fear, can you understand what Hitler meant to us. He said, stand up and be proud to be Germans.”
Dear  gentle soul you are pondering right about now the link between the repressions I have mentioned.  To me, the individual repressing who they are, what they are is a microcosm,  is a mini snapshot of the repression in society writ large, that exists in the body politic. I  have thought for a very long time that there is a relationship, connection between all the different forms of repression that exist in societies (admittedly to varying degrees, depending upon which country you are discussing. Give me Scandinavia today versus Enver Hoxha’s Stalinist-Atheist  Albania in the bad old days,  or the Stasi secret police in East Germany keeping all in line).
I keep thinking of the late   Archbishop Oscar Romero crying out to  “stop the repression”.    Bruce Springsteen in concert used to shout out “Nobody wins, unless we all win”, an old rallying cry essentially from the  Wobblies of a century ago (The IWW = The International Workers of the World).  Shiri Eisner, not surprisingly points out in her tome about all the forms of oppression in society and their cause-effect in her book.  To see the interconnectedness of things today is almost a miracle given how we are atomized, marketed to as individuals ad nausem, the sense of a whole, the community is being vanquished, replaced by consumers. Whither the commonweal?
“As we are liberated from our fears, our presence automatically liberates others.” -Nelson Mandela.
Who was the poet, who was interested in all things, just because he was a human being?
 Wiki and google  provide the answer:
Terence reads: “Homo sum, humani nihil a me alienum puto“, or
I am a human being,   I consider nothing that is human alien to me.”
Publius Terentius Afer (195/185–159 BC), better known in English as Terence, was a playwright of the Roman Republic, of North African descent.
How much harm have we done, to ourselves first and most of all by keeping things so tightly wound, so bottled up inside of us that eventually they cannot be contained and instead spill out like some type of whirlwind onto those we love, society as a whole and friends?
Picked that image of Hitler because I feel that captures his hatred, his  speeches full of vitriol against all the enemies of the “true” German people.  And selected that photo of Romero because it is of someone very peaceful, gentle in repose, calm and tranquil.  A very inviting, open pose just so different from the shrieking hate that Hitler spewed.  All  that self loathing, self-disgust was then turned out onto a people, who then turned that out onto the world, to obvious results. Massive death and destruction on a scale never before seen in human history.
It would be so pleasant but wrong to say, well we are all done with evil, that  people are not like that any more, we are different today. O please.  The  Rwawandan  genocide anyone?
Rwandan Genocide

Rwandan refugee camp in east Zaire following the genocide, 1994
Location Rwanda
Date April 7 – July 15, 1994
Target Tutsi population
Attack type Genocide, mass murder
Deaths 500,000–1,000,000[1]
Perpetrators Hutu-led government, Interahamwe and Impuzamugambi militias

The Rwandan Genocide was a genocidal mass slaughter of ethnic Tutsis by ethnic Hutus that took place in 1994 in the East African state of Rwanda. Over the course of approximately 100 days (from the assassination of Juvénal Habyarimana and Cyprien Ntaryamira on April 6 through mid-July) over 500,000 people were killed, according to a Human Rights Watch estimate.[2] Estimates of the death toll have ranged from 500,000–1,000,000,[1] or as much as 20% of the country’s total population. It was the culmination of longstanding ethnic competition and tensions between the minority Tutsi, who had controlled power for centuries, and the majority Hutu peoples, who had come to power in the rebellion of 1959–62

In terms of sexuality right now, here are 2 issues to contemplate:
The totally backwards looking Indian  political football about criminalizing homosexuality all over again.
You have the Russia-SOCHI Olympics LGBT hot potato issue.
Just discovered this version  (within the last decade?)    of Uncle Bob’s  “Blowin’  in the wind” today.  Had been listening to the original studio lp  (1963) ,  a live performance (1965) in Manchester Dylan did,  Joan Baez has at least one great version,   plus Peter Paul and Mary and then even a rare surprising 1963 version of the Bee Gees.   Yes t he Gibb brs. performing live when they are  young.   All wonderful.  Enjoy the video. The photos accompanying it are powerful .   Strangely enough the video doesn’t start until 23 secs. Be patient! It’s worth it.

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