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Sunday, November 9, 2008

Our Lives as a Battlefield


Our lives are a battlefield on which is fought a continuous war between the forces that are pledged to confirm our humanity and those determined to dismantle it;... those whose aim is to open our eyes, to make us see the light and look to tomorrow, asking ourselves about the future of our children, and those who wish to lull us into closing our eyes, encouraging us to care only for our stomachs today, without thinking about the tomorrow of our country.



- Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, in Devil on the Cross, quoted by Kathleen Greenfield in "Murdering the Sleep of Dictators: Corruption, Betrayal, and the Call to Revolution in the Work of Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o," Charles Cantalupo, ed., The World of Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o (Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, Inc., 1995), 37.


2 comments:

Edna Baluyut said...

Hi, nice to read the articles, It reminds me of the city where I grew up. Continue writing, for you encourage others. God bless.

scott saboy said...

thanks for the affirmation, manang. will be posting more articles next week -- been quite busy these past weeks rushing through our remaining lessons and preparing for the Baguio Centennial Conference at UP Baguio (i'll be presenting a paper on Otto Scheerer). ingatz!