Thursday, October 13, 2005


WORDS FROM GRANNY D


"Where authority and power flow down from above, from heaven to the White House to husbands and ayatollahs, the free and joyful living of people can be quite the enemy. If you will remember the free spirit of those flower children who grew up in the 1960s, for example, you will also remember the harsh attitude that attended to their joys from the more traditional, often more rural, elements of our society. Those political leaders who rose from this time, who lived in this more open and free way--less constrained by the rules of authority--were especially vilified by the authority clan. You need only to think of the special treatment given to the Clintons, who were of this generation and climate, to know the truth of this. And it fits the international pattern, of course, that the woman, Mrs. Clinton, would be singled out for the cruelest stones.

What attracted such hatred? It was their freedom, their sense of equality, and their joys.

Here it is: those in the clan of authority are not given the privilege--the natural right--of living their own lives. They do as they are told, say and think what they are told. Smothered is their curiosity and their healthy skepticism, and also their imagination, joy, freedom, and lust for life itself. When they see others actually living lives, they react with anger, as if someone had cut to the front of a line that, for them, never moves.

What is the proof of this theory? Those in thrall to authority, cowering under it, lose sight of their own lives. They will venerate above all else the symbol of the yet unruined potential of life: the curled-up unborn. The authority clan will have the image of an unborn baby as its flag, and they will claim to honor and defend innocent life, but that will be a great lie to themselves. For they will not be the ones to demand DNA testing of all prisoners on death row; they will not be the ones to demand health insurance for all children, or better nutrition in all schools, or peaceful alternatives to international conflicts. They will be the ones to rail against these things, for the authority clan parades itself as pro-life while it is truly more like a cult of death. Having died themselves, strangled by authority and fear, they cannot wish happy lives for others--they cling only to that magic symbol of what might have been. They relate to the unborn baby selfishly; it is themselves: unborn, unlived, still hoping for a life."

Excerpted from We Are Resolved to Follow Our National Dream, a speech given by Doris 'Granny D' Haddock at Orchard House, Home of the Alcotts, in Concord, Massachusetts on October 6, 2005.

Read the full speech

Granny D on NPRadio

w/thanks to Ken

5 comments:

Always Question said...

Wow...
I have got to link to this!
Thank you!

Robert Brady said...

Thank you too, the further this travels the better...

Dalene said...

I may be Granny D's newest respectful admirer, thank you for posting this introduction to a woman whose elegant and eloquent wisdom and words I can only hope to one day emulate. I went right over to my library's website and found they had 8 copies of her book. As soon as it arrives, I am excitedly looking forward to walking with her through the pages of her book.

Tamar said...

This stuff is exactly why I love reading your blog. Thank you for this.

Robert Brady said...

Thank you all. Just sharing what I love.