The First Step

"If you had asked my grandmother whether she is oppressed, she probably wouldn't have understood what you are talking about; that's life. If you'd asked my mother, you'd have found that she resented it, but accepted it, as life. If you'd ask my daughters, they'd tell you to get lost. That reflects hard-won victories for freedom."

Noam Chomsky

The first step towards freedom is being conscious of being in captivity...

Comments

M. Umer Toor said…
Very Nice. Where did you read that? I fancy if he mentioned this in his books?

But her daughters couldn't imagine how hardly their grandmothers laboured only for love. That's other side of the picture.
F. said…
"But her daughters couldn't imagine how hardly their grandmothers laboured only for love."

Oh please.
Yes, I am rolling my eyes at that.
There is no love in being oppressed, in being denied the right to determine the course of your own life to the fullest human extent--and on top of that, being denied the knowledge you're being denied.

Slavery as a form of Love makes for good poetry but miserable lives.
F. said…
Now what I going to say before Mr. Umer distracted me?

Oh, yes:

"The first step towards freedom is being conscious of being in captivity..."

And I'd say it's probably the hardest.
M. Umer Toor said…
"There is no love in being oppressed, in being denied the right to determine the course of your own life to the fullest human extent"

I know I will fail to defend myself, only if I were supposed to be a partisan of slavery. This is not my view, honestly. This is a view of a novelist women like you, who upholds what you believe. And, it doesn't matter. You could have ignored it.
Abdul Sami said…
tho off the topic... we often enslave ourselves to our loved ones... !
Uni said…
If we think that they were oppressed, and they never thought that... and remained happy for life,

who's right?
Awais said…
@ Umer

Yeah, he wrote it at ZNet forum.

@ F.

Agreed

@ Uni

Interesting question. There is a lot of postmodernist debate going on how we can actually say a certain act is "oppression" since the term itself and its consciousness is a cultural variant etc etc. It's a tricky debate, i won't go into it.
I'll just portray this situation: if in middle ages, a child was born into slavery, and lived his whole life happily as a slave in service of his kind masters, and never had the consciousness of his right of being a 'free man' by birth, does it make it right?
Vasudha said…
So true. Thanks for sharing it. :)