It’s easier to find differences,
If you’re looking for them.
But it’s hard to find similarities,
If your heart has contempt for them.
So, let’s try harder to find—
What unites us,
Instead of what divides us.
Let’s learn from history,
And not to repeat it.
Or else we’ll be the excuse,
For our kin to join in.
By: ElRoyPoet © 2020
“In order for a government to become a fascist regime, the church must allow itself to be swallowed by the state. In order for a government to remain democratic, the state must be kept separated from the church—so that it isn’t tempted to swallow the other.” By: A. Freeman
“It was not witches who burned. It was women. Women who were seen as Too beautiful; Too outspoken; Had too much water in the well, yes seriously; Who had a birthmark. Women who were too skilled with herbal medicine; Too loud; Too quiet; Too much red in her hair. Women who had a strong nature connection; Women who danced; Women who sung or anything else, really. Sisters testified and turned on each other when their babies were held under ice. Children were tortured to confess their experiences with ‘witches’ by being fake executed in ovens. Women were held under water and if they floated, they were guilty and executed. If they sunk and drowned they were innocent. Women were thrown off cliffs. Women were put in deep holes in the ground.
The start of this madness was years of famine, war between religions and lots of fear. The churches said that witches, demons and the devil did exist and women were nothing but trouble. As we see even today, there is often a scapegoat created. Everything connected to a women became feared, especially her sexuality. It became labeled as dark and dangerous and was the core of the ‘witch trials’ throughout the world.
Why do I write this? Because I think the usage of words are important, especially when we are doing the work to pull these murky, repressed and forgotten about stories to the surface. Because knowing our history is important when we are building the new world. When we are doing the healing work of our lineages and as women. To give the women who were slaughtered a voice, to give them redress and a chance of peace.” Quote by: Fia Forsström, Swedish Folk Pop Singer and Songwriter
“In every encounter, we either give life or we drain it; there is no neutral exchange.” By: Brennan Manning
“While Kepler saw his body as an instrument of scholarship, other bodies around him were being exploited as instruments of superstition. In Graz, he witnessed dramatic exorcisms performed on young women believed to be possessed by demons—grim public spectacles staged by the king and his clergy. He saw brightly colored fumes emanate from one woman’s belly and glistening black beetles crawl out of another’s mouth. He saw the deftness with which the puppeteers of the populace dramatized dogma to wrest control—the church was then the mass media, and the mass media were as unafraid of resorting to propaganda as they are today.
As religious persecution escalated—soon it would erupt into the Thirty Years’ War, the deadliest religious war in the Continent’s history—life in Graz became unlivable. Protestants were forced to marry by Catholic ritual and have their children baptized as Catholics. Homes were raided, heretical books confiscated and destroyed.” Excerpt from How Kepler Invented Science Fiction and Defended His Mother in a Witchcraft Trial While Revolutionizing Our Understanding of the Universe
“Ignorance breeds fear. We fear those things we don’t understand. If we don’t put a lid on that fear and keep that fear in check, that fear in turn will breed hatred because we hate those things that frighten us. “If we don’t keep that hatred in check, that hatred in turn will breed destruction.” By: Daryl Davis
“You already know enough. So do I. It is not knowledge we lack. What is missing is the courage to understand what we know and to draw conclusions.” By: Sven Lindqvist