Taking my cue from my fellow blogger ‘Creating Reciprocity’s’ excellent post on war correspondent Martha Gellhorn here:
are my version of Martha’s Top Ten Conflict Tips derived from her quotes:
- Citizenship is a tough occupation which obliges the citizen to make his own informed opinion and stand by it.
- I know enough to know that no woman should ever marry a man who hated his mother
- Nothing is better for self-esteem than survival.
- Life is not long at all, never long enough, but days are very long indeed.
- The ends never justify the means because IT never ends
- War happens to people, one by one. That is really all I have to say and it seems to me I have been saying it forever. Unless they are immediate victims, the majority of mankind behaves as if war was an act of God which could not be prevented; or they behave as if war elsewhere was none of their business. It would be a bitter cosmic joke if we destroy ourselves due to atrophy of the imagination
- The only way I can pay back for what fate and society have handed me is to try, in minor totally useless ways, to make an angry sound against injustice
- What the trees can do handsomely-greening and flowering, fading and then the falling of leaves-human beings cannot do with dignity, let alone without pain
- Gradually I came to realize that people will more readily swallow lies than truth, as if the taste of lies was homey, appetizing: a habit.
- The thing about war is that it has two sides, … The first is the absolute horror of it. The other thing about it is you meet absolutely marvelous people … brave and extraordinary people