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Unless I am a part of everything, I am nothing.

Updated on September 12, 2011

Argument is the whole point of history

Science is not a belief system we can opt in and out of depending on our ideological or political points of view.
Science is not a belief system we can opt in and out of depending on our ideological or political points of view.
The science former glory rested on actions based on real evidence. In today's debates, science doesn't matter and it is something we should not allow.
The science former glory rested on actions based on real evidence. In today's debates, science doesn't matter and it is something we should not allow.
"If the science doesn't suit your argument, ignore it."  It is an advice of many politicians who care not for evidence, but, it seems, for publicity.
"If the science doesn't suit your argument, ignore it." It is an advice of many politicians who care not for evidence, but, it seems, for publicity.
Contrary to science, history is based on interpretations of facts and often, it is a matter of received opinion not evidence...
Contrary to science, history is based on interpretations of facts and often, it is a matter of received opinion not evidence...
...what we remember and take from our first history lessons. The first sentence my history teacher said to me I never forget.
...what we remember and take from our first history lessons. The first sentence my history teacher said to me I never forget.
" Life has to be learnt backwards but live forward." This is what she said.
" Life has to be learnt backwards but live forward." This is what she said.
I am one of those people who likes to look back, on all those changes around happening in my own lifetime...'my own little history'
I am one of those people who likes to look back, on all those changes around happening in my own lifetime...'my own little history'
In the 60ties when I was born there was enthusiastic revival and idealistic growth two decades after the war.
In the 60ties when I was born there was enthusiastic revival and idealistic growth two decades after the war.
In the 70ties when I attended my compulsory schooling the growth stopped.
In the 70ties when I attended my compulsory schooling the growth stopped.
I will always remember the excessive 80ties, my teenager's years, the time of the excessive growth...
I will always remember the excessive 80ties, my teenager's years, the time of the excessive growth...
people really started to like the idea to borrow to have more...and more...and more...
people really started to like the idea to borrow to have more...and more...and more...
From that time on the most people start to live on borrowed time...
From that time on the most people start to live on borrowed time...
Not everyone, there are people who have not anything, there are people who have their own and then there are those...living on borrowed time.
Not everyone, there are people who have not anything, there are people who have their own and then there are those...living on borrowed time.
With so much borrowing and not enough people paying their debts back, money were pushed to extreme and there is no confidence in money any more...
With so much borrowing and not enough people paying their debts back, money were pushed to extreme and there is no confidence in money any more...
Economic growth comes to the end, it is up to us to make the right choices.
Economic growth comes to the end, it is up to us to make the right choices.
On one of our school excursion to see one of the ancient castle our history walked over the ruins commenting: "Humans are exceptional on the natural scale that they are able to make their own choices, but many times they choose the wrong ones..
On one of our school excursion to see one of the ancient castle our history walked over the ruins commenting: "Humans are exceptional on the natural scale that they are able to make their own choices, but many times they choose the wrong ones..
...people in the past have used and failed. We never seem to learn from history."
...people in the past have used and failed. We never seem to learn from history."
I attended my favourite history teacher funeral that celebrated her incredible life and lasting legacy. The last words she has spoken to me are very actual in our today's world.
I attended my favourite history teacher funeral that celebrated her incredible life and lasting legacy. The last words she has spoken to me are very actual in our today's world.
'THERE IS ENOUGH IN THE WORLD TO MEET MAN'S NEEDS BUT NO MAN'S  GREED.'
'THERE IS ENOUGH IN THE WORLD TO MEET MAN'S NEEDS BUT NO MAN'S GREED.'
Nearly old as me, fifty years ago, the Berlin Wall was born. Nikita Khrushchev, the Soviet Union's leader allowed to erect a barrier between East and West Berlin...
Nearly old as me, fifty years ago, the Berlin Wall was born. Nikita Khrushchev, the Soviet Union's leader allowed to erect a barrier between East and West Berlin...
to ensure the survival of communism in the entire Soviet bloc. By that point, three million people sneaked on the other Western democratic side...my Father climbed the wall risking to be shot...
to ensure the survival of communism in the entire Soviet bloc. By that point, three million people sneaked on the other Western democratic side...my Father climbed the wall risking to be shot...
in a search for better and free life...leaving his family including me behind.
in a search for better and free life...leaving his family including me behind.
20 years ago, when I was free to cross the border of my country for the first time in my life, the hardliners in the Soviet government attempted to overthrow Mikhail Gorbachev,
20 years ago, when I was free to cross the border of my country for the first time in my life, the hardliners in the Soviet government attempted to overthrow Mikhail Gorbachev,
who two years after US president Ronald Reagan memorably called on him to "tear down this wall" had done just that.
who two years after US president Ronald Reagan memorably called on him to "tear down this wall" had done just that.
Somewhat miraculously, a reformer who wanted Russians to be part of the democratic West had come to power in the Kremlin. This was the historic moment I was lucky enough to live through.
Somewhat miraculously, a reformer who wanted Russians to be part of the democratic West had come to power in the Kremlin. This was the historic moment I was lucky enough to live through.
Gorbachev's hardline Politburo adversaries were determined to preserve the decrepit system that the Wall symbolised. In August 1991 ordinary Muscovites stood their ground.
Gorbachev's hardline Politburo adversaries were determined to preserve the decrepit system that the Wall symbolised. In August 1991 ordinary Muscovites stood their ground.
They defied the coup-makers, and in the end carried with them much of the Russian army. With their defiance the coup was doomed and democracy finally won in the entire Soviet bloc.
They defied the coup-makers, and in the end carried with them much of the Russian army. With their defiance the coup was doomed and democracy finally won in the entire Soviet bloc.
Gorbachev remembers how Nicolae Ceausescu, Romania's dictator, called him to request that tanks be sent into Berlin to preserve the Wall.
Gorbachev remembers how Nicolae Ceausescu, Romania's dictator, called him to request that tanks be sent into Berlin to preserve the Wall.
But Gorbachev, though still a believer in communism, refused to maintain the Soviet empire at the barrel of a gun.
But Gorbachev, though still a believer in communism, refused to maintain the Soviet empire at the barrel of a gun.
Him and ordinary Russian's sudden unexpected defence of their newfound freedoms together with the putschist's sheer incompetence defeated the effort to restore totalitarian rule.
Him and ordinary Russian's sudden unexpected defence of their newfound freedoms together with the putschist's sheer incompetence defeated the effort to restore totalitarian rule.
Had the Wall bot been built in 1961, would communism have collapsed sooner?  Had Gorbachev responded to Ceausescu's plea and sent troops to defend the Wall, would communism in Europe ever have collapsed?
Had the Wall bot been built in 1961, would communism have collapsed sooner? Had Gorbachev responded to Ceausescu's plea and sent troops to defend the Wall, would communism in Europe ever have collapsed?
These are unanswerable questions. The questions that could help to start one of those memorable history discussions ...
These are unanswerable questions. The questions that could help to start one of those memorable history discussions ...
My argument is that Gorbachev refused to use force anywhere to preserve the Soviet's East European empire...
My argument is that Gorbachev refused to use force anywhere to preserve the Soviet's East European empire...
the idea that he would do so to preserve the Wall seems preposterous.
the idea that he would do so to preserve the Wall seems preposterous.
What does seem clear is, in the end, no wall can hold back democracy.
What does seem clear is, in the end, no wall can hold back democracy.
The suspicious West finally came to believe that Gorbachev and his reforms were genuine.
The suspicious West finally came to believe that Gorbachev and his reforms were genuine.
For me, Gorbachev is our 'knight on a white horse' who finally brought us freedom and democracy.
For me, Gorbachev is our 'knight on a white horse' who finally brought us freedom and democracy.
For pro-communist hardliners and some patriotic Russians he is 'the weak link' who took the powerful Russia with himself down...
For pro-communist hardliners and some patriotic Russians he is 'the weak link' who took the powerful Russia with himself down...
Argument is the whole point of history. Disagreement. My word against yours, this evidence against that...
Argument is the whole point of history. Disagreement. My word against yours, this evidence against that...
If there were such a thing as absolute truth the debate would loose its lustre.
If there were such a thing as absolute truth the debate would loose its lustre.
The moment the Russian Eastern European empire, where I was forced to live, broke down, was the moment I discovered...
The moment the Russian Eastern European empire, where I was forced to live, broke down, was the moment I discovered...
..that history was not a matter of received opinion. And yet, history is all in our mind, just like our past...the confection of facts and fantasy, that is how we know the world....
..that history was not a matter of received opinion. And yet, history is all in our mind, just like our past...the confection of facts and fantasy, that is how we know the world....

MOON TIGER by Penelope Lively

One night I dreamed a dream

I was lying on a hammock

made out of branches

in a secret place

somewhere in Egypt.

Across the dark sky

flashed scenes from

Claudia Hampton's life.


An unconventional historian,

writer,

a war correspondent

during World War II

dying of cancer

in hospital bed

forced living inward

she moves randomly

across time and place.

When the last scene of her life

shot before my eyes,

I realised this novel is about the ways

in which lives are moulded

by personal memory

and collective past.

Her reflections leave traces

in the air,

long after,

she has died and there was nothing more

to write about...


As a child she always ached

to go higher,

faster,

further

just to find out

that she reached

again

the starting point.

Throughout the life

we move in circles

coming back,

when time comes,

to our beginnings.

She stood out,

with her height,

unruly long hair

and turbulence of mind.


She was 13

learning about Tudors at school

and discovered

that history

was not a matter

of received opinion:

' Henry VIII was not a good king,

Queen Elizabeth was great,

ruling firmly,

cutting off the head of Mary Queen of Scots.'

Did the Catholics think she was right to cut off Mary's head?”

She asked her teacher who just advised her

to put down what is on the board.

I will not,”

She answered,

ready for an argument,

my words against yours,

this evidence against that.


There is no such thing

as absolute truth.


She didn't pass her history exam,

and yet she gained more that she has lost.

Truth is tied to words,

the testimony of the page,

moments shower away,

the days of our lives vanish utterly,

fiction can seem more enduring than reality.

From that time on

she concentrated her historical eye

upon years,

places

and most of all

people's arguments,

the whole point of history.

People give power to words,

words give form to dreams,

dreams preserve us for eternity

and yet in life

as in history

the unexpected lies

waiting,

only with hindsight we are wise

and our choices are scrutinised.


She was 19 years old,

climbing a hillside

on the Orkney Island

from which you can look down on

to a neolithic chambered tomb,

there,

they discussed

with her brother,

the Third Reich and the incoming war.

'...from the wrath of the Northmen,

o Lord deliver us...'

a poor monk wrote

these words

sometimes in the 9th century

just before

a chunk of Viking iron

had cut his throat.

She had a race

at Lindisfarne beach,

the place of Viking raids,

with her brother,

before they embarked

on their separate journeys

on the other sides of the world.


She arrived in Cairo,

smelling of the heat,

dung and dust

and kerosene.

The sun rising

from the desert

of the east

reflected on pyramids,

in their shadows,

passing khaki convoys

of 1942

the babbling streets

full of people,

carts and animals

surviving the war years.

What is like out there?”

She asked one of the soldiers

passing by:

...the war...being at the front line...”

He looks intently at her:

It's so many different things,

boring, uncomfortable,

terrifying, exhilarating...”

You are making history,

she exclaimed proudly.

History,” the soldier says.

I used to be rather keen

on it,

right now,

I feel

rather differently.

Now it is brought

uncomfortably

home to me

that history is true

and that unfortunately

I am part of it.”

The next day the soldier died.

He was just 23.


The aftermath of the war,

disorder,

the struggle to set straight,

everything,

what went wrong,

the counting of living

and the dead.

The drift of the dispossessed

back to their homelands,

national boundaries

make no more sense,

the landscape

has an impersonality

and uniformity

of nowhere,

scuffed about by armies

over and over,

it is a wasteland,

full of survivors,

their faces

grey and scraggy

looking for answers,

that never came,

lost opportunity

of guilt

and blame,

once it is all written down,

we know

what really happened.

The snow, the twenty degrees

below zero of the winter 1941.

The furnace of Stalingrad,

the million dead in Leningrad,

The three million labour slaves...

the two million prisoners of war...

left to die

in the frozen landscape

anonymous grey face,

crouched over shot bodies.

It is in these words

that reality survives.

The twenty millions

misplaced

lost

never really found.

The skeletal buildings,

the bodies chewed by frost,

the screaming faces of wounded men,

this is the record,

this is what history

comes down to

in the end,

this is the language of war.


The war ended

and she reached maturity,

she survived,

busy with prosaic matters

of everyday,

preoccupied with personal gain,

seized by restlessness

and thirsty for fame,

her mind on anything

but destiny.


She wrote Mexico book

out of incredulity,

Hernando Cortez cannot be true.

How could anyone be so greedy,

fanatical and unimaginative

to lead a few hundred men

into alien continent

swarming with a race

devoted to the slaughter of foreigners,

and succeeded.

And when driven out,

set to and built thirteen vessels of war

and carry them across the mountains,

because the only way you can take

a city in the middle of a lake

is with superior shipping

and succeeded again.

Some people thought him the mirror of his time.

It was one of the most extraordinary

confrontations

of people and of cultures

there has ever been.

And also a dark hint of the world to come,

according to Claudia,

a polemical, opinionated, independent

Englishwoman of 1954.

Civilisation came to Mexico.

The victory is one mythology

over another.

The Aztecs, who sacrificed captives

by carving their living hearts

from their bodies,

were deeply shocked

by the Spanish custom

of burning transgressors at the stake.


Cruelty lies in the eye of the beholder...


That is what Claudia had learnt.

She gave long lectures about

'the conflict of evidence'.

Her 'Mexico book' told the tale.

In her dreams

lying

dying

in her hospital bed

the loss

of

civilisation

was heard

in her head.

Loss of an Indian language

of which we have no notion

against the chanting

of the Latin mass.

Loss of human lives

day after day after day...

Loss of the Emperor Charles V

in Madrid

who wants to control

the whole of the New World

not only part of it.

Howl of the mass of humanity

Spaniards and Indians

men, women, children

who died

unfortunate enough

to be around

at a climatic moment in history.


And what does

that moment in history

have to do with me?

Claudia asked herself

and straight away replied:

Like everything else,

it enlarges me,

it frees me from the prison

of my experience,

it also resonates within that experience.”


Him and her.

She lies looking at him.

He is more inaccessible

than anyone in the world,”

she thinks:

“..more intensely known

and more inaccessible.”

He stands up and goes to the window.

It occurs to him

she is both

closer to and further from him

than anyone else,

he wishes it were otherwise.

He looks at her

for a moment

with the eyes of then,

she looks back.

Neither wishes to return there,

both celebrate,

in silence,

what will never be lost.


He died five years ago.

She is separated from him now.

No day passes she doesn't think of him,

but she does it

with detachment.

He is complete,

he has beginning and end.

The times in which they were together are complete.

She doesn't mourn him any the less,

but she had to move away,

there is no choice,

he was her sense of identity,

her mirror,

her critic,

judge and ally.

Without him she is diminished.


She has to go back

to her 'childhood history'

In the beginning there was herself

simply her and not her

the egotism of infancy

and when she became a child

she was the centre of all things

she looked at the world through herself

the world of others

observed but not apprehended

a landscape that existed only at her whim

when it ceased to interest her

it no longer existed

and eventually

she grew up

and saw herself

in the awful context of time and place:

everything and nothing.


She started to write 'history books'

that explain

why the war happened

how it evolved

and what its effect had been.

And yet

she forgot

about her soldier's experience-

raw and untreated

that didn't seem to contribute

to any of that.

Suddenly

she couldn't

analyse

dissect

draw conclusion

construct arguments

of it.

It is all clearer to her

than any chronicle of events

but

she can not make sense of it,

perhaps

because

there is none to be made.

She knows

the past is true

unless she is part of everything

she is nothing.


I have grown old with the century,”

Claudia sighed,

There is not much left of either of us.”

The century of war.

All history is the history of wars,

but this hundred years,

has excelled itself,

how many million shot, maimed, burned, gassed, starved, frozen, drowned...

She has been on the fringes of two

and shan't see the next,

hopefully,

neither of us do...


Beliefs are relative,

just as our connection with reality.

Tampering with the physical world

is what we do,

extremely well,

in the end,

perhaps,

we shall achieve it definitely.

Finish.

And history will indeed come to an end.

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      Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia

      thank you, Quirinus, happy you liked it, as the most of my hubs is written around midnight, it is also my luck that my words make some sense:) B

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      Queirdkus Ω Ibidem 5 years ago from Sitting on the Rug

      Content, style and technique all in one piece. Awesome work! Voted up.

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      Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia

      Thanks 'extended stay' happy you managed to stay for a while on my hub and you liked it as well...

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      extended-stay 5 years ago from Norfolk, Virginia

      great great hub! I love the poetic style! :)

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      Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia

      Thank you, Jirel, happy you liked it and come back again:)

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      jirel 5 years ago from Philippines

      This is a great piece.Indeed, very beautiful.I enjoyed reading it from top to bottom.It must be voted up!

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      Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia

      Thanks Sid, love her writings so hopefully Penelope would not be very disappointed in my review of her great piece of writing:)

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      Sid Kemp 5 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

      Thank you. Your lovely hub shows the richness of Penelope Lively's thinking.

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      Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia

      That is good, you did, Nare:) Have a great weekend and all the best with hubbing:)

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      Nare Gevorgyan 5 years ago

      Back :D

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      Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia

      thank you, my beautiful Nare, happy you liked it and come back again:)

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      Nare Gevorgyan 5 years ago

      This is so touchy and so beautiful...

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      Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia

      Thank you, Pier..everyone one of us has the capacity to become a unique and special person, unlike any who has ever existed before or will ever exist again...we just have to find our path and our voice...finally I have found mine...all the best to you my fellow hubber and looking forward to hear from you again:)

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      PierAllegro 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Your writing has a uniquely poetic quality – richness of vocabulary, simplicity of grammar, originality of metaphor. As a reader, I am intrigued. As a fellow writer, I’m humbled. Beautiful.

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      Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia

      Thank you for stopping by dear Brina and leaving so nice comment, hopefully hearing from you soon again:)

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      Brinafr3sh 5 years ago from West Coast, United States

      Hi Beata, Yeah people do give power to words; and we as people have to be a part of something. Very well put together poem; I like the photos as well. Thanks

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      Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia

      Dear my fellow hubber, I don't know you and yet I feel I know you, the words of my poem have joined us together and my hard-found and hard-won strength goes to you now...you will survive, it will make you stronger and it will make you more human..you will be a better person for what had happened to you..believe me, I was there once...as well...good luck, will think of you and let me know how you going...all the best from your fellow hubber:)

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      Simplicity4All 5 years ago from Rhode Island, USA

      wow I feel as though you have read my mind and spoken of topics that have become all too real and knocked frighteningly on my door recently. A 23 year old friend of mine who has passed in a car accident was found by one of my best friends a week ago while I was on a cruise shut off from the world. I feel very much now like my life before this was a dream and this is reality and it sucks. But unless I am part of everything i am nothing. So now its the first night I have spent alone with my thoughts, its eerie and yet I find comfort and peace in it. I feel as though either this will break my spirit or be the catalysts for a much needed wake up call. Thank you for this writing its touched me immensely and has made these thoughts a little easier to delegate and for that i am greatful..

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      Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia

      Thank you, dear Curiad, I usually write long interwined narrative poems and sometimes I manage to 'mark clearly the way throuhg maze of my thoughts', happy I managed this time and you enjoyed it...all the best with your hubbing and stop by again:)

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      Mark G Weller 5 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      Wow Beata, this is am incredible journey you have share with us. So well written and clear!

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      Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia

      Thank you for following me, dear hubber, just like you, I have no answers ready for any of big questions of our existence, I am just 'a mere observer of human conditions'...thank you for following me on my journey through 'scattered images in my mind'.

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      onlooker 5 years ago

      Took me on a journey, thank you. It has brought a question in my head, what is the significance of our existence? i am now a follower of yours. Thanks again. Good day!

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      Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia

      Thank you, 'NightFlower' for your instightful comment, nothing is scary if we, people do not stop to think, to ponder and dream about better future and constantly work on ourselves to achieve it....this world is unshakeable because people like you live in it:)

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      NightFlower 5 years ago

      Deep and scary with a lot of truth to it but wonderfully written. You've really put a lot of fore thought into this peice. It's hard not to forget because the chaos of the worlds... this world is unshakeable.

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      Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia

      Thanks Angie, happy you like it...love to put my travelling shoes on and take pictures along the way....everywhere you go you can something worthwhile of you stopping by and cherish the moment:)

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      angie ashbourne 5 years ago

      Hi! Awesome Hub, I like the photos. Angie

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      Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia

      My dear 'sen.sush23', thank you for giving name to my special way of story-telling, I have been writing this way for a long time, therefore I was happy to continue in it on hubpages although I don't fit in any categorization....it doesn't bother me, I have been always too creative to fit in any box....I am glad to meet you as well:)

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      Sushmita 5 years ago from Kolkata, India

      Beata Stasak, you have kind of perfected this wonderful new graphic form of story-telling in HubPages, on even the most philosophical or serious social issues. I am so inspired and awed by your creativity. I am convinced I must read all your Hubs and would gladly like to learn the art. Voted up. Its a beautiful experience.

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      Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia

      Thank you for your kind comment, 'ideax', yes, he is one of the few, who knows what is the right thing to do and act accordingly in spite of everyone and everything:)

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      ideax 5 years ago

      You have presented historical facts in a great way! I was in Belgium when history was unfolded about USSR with Micahel Gorbachev. I believe he is a grat man who strongly believe in democracy and freedom.

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      Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia

      Thanks 'beautiful Kelley' for your beautiful comment and looking forward to hear from you again:)

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      Beautiful! I love the pictures and the quotes. I'm going to have to re-read when I have more time. Thanks!

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      Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia

      thank you James...sometimes I manage to make my words 'sing':)

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      JamesPoppell 5 years ago

      It is so nice to see the passion in your writing. This hub has a beautiful rhythm to it. Vote up!

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      Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia

      We are great just because people around us appreciate us...wish you loads of appreciation and happy to meet you as well...all the best from Beata

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      Kenneth Avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hello, Beata, I will. I need all of the 'talent dust,' that I can get. Im very glad that I met YOU on Hubs. You have already made me feel great. Thank you, from the heart.

      Kenneth

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      Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia

      Dear Kenneth, it is just a chain reaction, some of that 'talent dust', you mentioned above floated in my way from all those great writers, which books I have read and commented on and now is coming in your way.....let it settle on your lap and keep comenting and reading...looking forward to hear from you again:)

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      Kenneth Avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      January 8, 2012

      Hello, Dear Beata,

      Wow! Breath taking hub. Like travelling back in time on a lovely memory used as our vehicle. What research you must have done on this. Marvelous. Wonderful writing. You are very talented, my friend. VOTED UP AND ALL THE WAY. I am SO honored to be FOLLOWING YOU, one, because I admire your stle and two, because there is that chance that some of your "talent dust," could float my way and land on my fingers on my keyboard. Thanks for such a lovely hub.

      Sincerely, Your Friend, KENNETH

      PS keep up the amazing work!

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      Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia

      Hope so, dear Capedium, hope so...but expectations are high and I am just one amateur writer who like to observe 'human conditions in our ever changing world':)

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      Capedium 5 years ago from Texas.

      I hope your Hubs will be like a great speech..

      You don't have option than to listen

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      Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia

      thank you my fellow hubbers, honoured that you liked my hub:)...hope I will keep hubbing to your expectations...just need little bit more time:)

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      Capedium 5 years ago from Texas.

      Very insightful.. Just vote up beautiful..

      Now this is what I call a Hub

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      Informative, insightful, thoughtful, refelective and full of excellent phtographs. Voted up.

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      Beata Stasak 6 years ago from Western Australia

      Thank you, Cyndi for stopping by and leaving me such an inspiring comment:)

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      Cynthia B Turner 6 years ago from Georgia

      Your words and your photography are like a beautiful symphony of images. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and visions with us.

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      Beata Stasak 6 years ago from Western Australia

      Thank you, Caroline, happy my words 'have talked to you' and left impression in you...there is nothing else I can as a writer ask for:)

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      Caroline Marie 6 years ago

      Beata love this. The title says it all and captured my attention. Beautiful photos. :)

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      Beata Stasak 6 years ago from Western Australia

      Thank you, whoisbid, I try to be:)

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      whoisbid 6 years ago

      You are a thoughtful person.

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      Beata Stasak 6 years ago from Western Australia

      Thank you, Jack, happy you liked it:)

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      Apostle Jack 6 years ago from Atlanta Ga

      You did it well.

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      Beata Stasak 6 years ago from Western Australia

      Dear 'bolt1951' there is a poet hidden in every one of us...I used to be a teacher of visual art but stopped using brush long time ago, now I paint with my words and images...I am honoured and humbled at the same time by your encouraging comment, I watch series from 'Lost Worlds; The Bible: A History'....I am not religious but I strongly believe the bible and history as a whole teaches us a lesson...we just need to listen...

      Dear 'frogfish', thank you so much for your encouraging comment, my images...are just reflections on the events from the past, present and dreams about future that cross my mind every day...it is great to know that they are useful for someone...it is everything I wish for in my writings...be useful to someone, to share my creative gift and build 'the platform' for more discussions...

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      frogyfish 6 years ago from Central United States of America

      Your 'scattered images' are excerpts of history, personal or otherwise...very interesting story within all the poetry.

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      bolt1951 6 years ago

      dear Beata,

      I am not a writer of poetry, however I love to read it,

      this was very long yet I could not stop reading, and more importantly I understood and identified, not long ago I saw a documentary called "The Moses Code" part of it was how for the first time god revealed his name and that was "I Am That I Am" this sort of reminds me of those words.

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      Beata Stasak 6 years ago from Western Australia

      Thank you my dear fellow hubber for understanding:)

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      Simplicity4All 6 years ago from Rhode Island, USA

      beautifully put, thank you

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      Beata Stasak 6 years ago from Western Australia

      My dear 'Simplicity' I don't have answers for your meaningful and deep questions, I wish I did, but I am just a poet, who reflects on our time and state of our minds...my writings are just platforms from which your questions start...and discussions will follow and hopefully answers as well....

      My dear E Padro, thank you for visiting my hub and I am very happy I have found another loyal fan...all the best with your hubbing and looking forward to communicate with you again:)

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      Simplicity4All 6 years ago from Rhode Island, USA

      I was looking through hubs because I just started one on here and came across this, absolutely beautiful and so true. I liked the part about people living on borrow time, and the idea of constantly taking more until were so consumed with debt that noone does believe in our money system anymore. I'm not sure thats completely terrible however in the sense that perhaps we can learn from this and experience growth, sit back and reassess everything going on around us and looking at the factors that have affected the minds who think in this manner. I am guilty, I have credit card debt and other stories that could illistrate my carelessness and entrapment of feeling i always needed more or wasn't good enough. Why can't we go back to bartering when its appropriate and promoting free thought, education isn't free anymore and while we are granted the first amendment as citizens in the United States at least it states: The 1st Amendment protects the freedom of religion, speech, and the press, as well as the right to assemble and petition the government in some sense. So if so much is going wrong and we clearly need to generate new theories of thought or change up the game a little why are people not doing this? Do enough people not know? I don't understand it and I want too because I want to change it, one person is enough and people have commented on your work and follow your hub as well so obviously other people are on board, now what do we do?

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      E Padro 6 years ago from United States

      Thanks for letting us share such beautiful poems and photos. You are an exceptional writer and Im glad that you visited my hub, that's the way I found you. I love poetry and from now on, I'm your loyal fan. The way you incorporate reality into your poetry is amazing, and the photos captions are excellent bits of information that add to such a great hub.

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      Beata Stasak 6 years ago from Western Australia

      Thank you 'habee' for stopping by and your encouraging comment means 'a lot' to me as your hubs are just 'pure excellence'...thank you:)

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Wow! This is powerful and extremely evocative. Voted up, up, up!

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      Beata Stasak 6 years ago from Western Australia

      Great that you managed to persist in reading my fellow hubber, I know we live in a fast moving world and people prefer a writing pieces 'nice and sweet'...and yet I am one of the old fashioned writers, who like to savour their time, reflect and ponder about times long gone and write...'for ages':)....thank you for your visit and I am happy it was worthwhile:)

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      mljdgulley354 6 years ago

      Great pictures. Long story but it kept my interest from beginning to the end

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      Beata Stasak 6 years ago from Western Australia

      Thank you for your honest comment my dear 'september girl', I have to learn to write shorter hubs but when I start to write I just can't stop:)...many of us are guilty of the same flaw, I bet:)....It is important to write less and say more...maybe I have to start to write as Hemingway used to...standing up to make it uncomfortable for him and this way he was sure to write only what was outmost necessary:)

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      september girl 6 years ago

      A long but powerful history lesson of an unknown for me. Thanks for the share. Found it quite interesting, indeed. : )

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      Beata Stasak 6 years ago from Western Australia

      Thank you Charu for stopping by and I am happy your visit was worthwhile:)

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      Charu Bhatnagar 6 years ago from India

      Great work, and lovely photos. I have read a poem of this kind for the first time and loved it. :-)

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      Beata Stasak 6 years ago from Western Australia

      words may be simple but life is not and so I am able to thread my life story into a rich tapestry of our world history....happy to find enough listeners to find it worthwhile:)

      LIFE HAS TO BE LEARNT BACKWARDS BUT LIVE FORWARD:)

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      Jools99 6 years ago from North-East UK

      Really enjoyed this hub, such simple words but you conjure up such an amazing story; bring real people to life and give us your own history. Wonderful, voted up!

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      Beata Stasak 6 years ago from Western Australia

      thank you SanneL...your beautiful comment makes me feel really proud especially because English is not my first language, I often feel I experiment with it more than it is allowed...and yet language is a tool of expression and communication...if I manage to get across my thoughts and invoke more thoughts in others...I have used it right:)...thanks again and hope you come back again:)

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      SanneL 6 years ago from Sweden

      You are beyond shadow of a doubt one excellent writer!

      Thank you for this truly and very inspiring work of art.

      Voted way, way up!!

      Sannel

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      Beata Stasak 6 years ago from Western Australia

      Once you started to correspond with people around the world, your realise how similar are our life stories...we are all the same after all:)...thanks for stopping by and happy that my story resonated with you:)

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      Jellybird 6 years ago

      Mmmmm, I am certain that my journeys have paralleled yours. It all seems so familiar yet different. Good going.

      regards

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      Beata Stasak 6 years ago from Western Australia

      Books I read I use as a 'springboard' for my thoughts, it is true to say that without this great Penelope Lively's book there would not be any great poem of mine...writing is sharing...the idea of one writer is a seed for another writer's plant:)

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      Caroline Marie 6 years ago

      Gorgeous poem and so interesting!

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      Beata Stasak 6 years ago from Western Australia

      I have found my voice, finally I am not afraid to write how I feel it right...thanks to all of you, my fellow hubbers, who encouraged me 'all the way up':)

      Happy you all like it because I can not write any other way...all the best from Beata and big THANKS:)

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      Derdriu 6 years ago

      Beata Stasak: Thank you for the artistic, philosophical and poetic rendition of your life and times! The juxtaposition of imagery, photos, rhythms and words has almost a four-dimensional impact.

      Voted up, etc.,

      Derdriu

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      Victoria Lynn 6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      They sure did, Beata! I'll come back for more....

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      Beata Stasak 6 years ago from Western Australia

      So happy you came Victoria....and even more that you my words spoke to you:)

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      Victoria Lynn 6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Wow, what a way with words. The details are so real, and the feel so beautiful. Glad I checked out your page. You've got a new follower!

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      Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Thank you Beata. Mitakuye Oyasin.

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      Beata Stasak 6 years ago from Western Australia

      Dear James and Gypsy, your beautiful and sincere comments made my heart skip, thank you:)....I am happy that you follow my footsteps to the past and came back 'unscarred':)

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      Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Wonderful poetry of history beautifully told. Thank you!

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      This Hub is quite a trip. There is no doubt of your excellence as a writer. Your photographs are wonderful. I love the captions, too. Thank you for this pleasure. I enjoyed the journey.

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      Beata Stasak 6 years ago from Western Australia

      Dear 'rmichaelf', I have laughed so much when I was reading your comment as you described just how I feel very often reading cleverly written pieces of my fellow hubbers - WRITERS...and you are one of them. Unfortunately, we tend to question ourselves about our abilities...self doubt becoming our own enemy:)...I used to send my writings everywhere and got that vague responses so decided to write just for myself and my readers on net... maybe once I will good enough to represent my work to the world...and if not who cares...I am who I am, I write as I feel it, I am not going to bend my style to the wishes of the commercial agencies:)....good luck my fellow and happy you stopped by...we have the same frustrations after all:)

      Thank you so much 'Maggie-May'...happy I was able to include my teaching profession to my writings...this is exactly how any teacher should teach: 'inspire, question and learn from others - just what I am doing now from you all my fellow hubbers:)'

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      Nadine M AuCoin 6 years ago from the Island of Cape Breton to the Eastern Shores near Halifax, NS

      I love this style of teaching through words-a beautiful history-life!

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      Michael Fielder 6 years ago from North Central West Virginia, where the green grass grows...

      This really has to be one of the most intriguing well written pieces I have come across since getting back involved with HubPages... As really great poetry does, the visualizations created remind me of a friend from the 60's/70's when he paraphrased a comment he heard on TV regarding somebodies painting, "Wow, it looks like Walt Disney threw up on it!" I don't think I have ever read anything "historical" with as much empathy. I have always been a frustrated poet and am co-writing my first novel, with a second in outline stages both having "interest" by publishers. (I'm not sure exactly what that means. I oft think that is just a really nice way of saying, naaaaah... but I've had about 60 people read parts of it and they say keep going, so... :-))

      You have such a unique voice and perspective. Thanks for writing and sharing. This is the first I've read, being drawn here when you hit the old "follow" button on something I wrote. No idea what. But I am really thankful and happy you did!

      It is somewhat intimidating, lol, as how you impact your readers with your style and imagination, your empathy and humanity, is pretty much that to which I aspire. I can only hope I learn as well as enjoy!!!

      And yes I voted up, interesting, beautiful and awesome... how could I not!?

      Namaste

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      Beata Stasak 6 years ago from Western Australia

      Thank you dear Erin for leaving me such a nice reflection on my narrative visual poem, I am very happy that you stopped by and find your stay on my site rewarding, hopefully I will hear from you again...all the best from beata

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      Erin LeFey 6 years ago from Maryland

      What a beautiful piece! It reminds me of the saying, that history depends on who is telling the story...or something to that effect. I don't have access to the file in which I've stored it right now. But this is an amazing adventure through your eyes at these many lives and the life of this woman. I couldn't stop reading it. There is so much of history and reflection here, and it was a wonderful weaving together of historical events. Voted way up! Take care, Erin

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      Beata Stasak 6 years ago from Western Australia

      Thank you my dear fellow hubbers, we are all tired by the end of the week and there is never enough time, therefore I appreciate your kind and encouraging responses more that you think...there is empathy, there is friendship and closeness of human heart, that what will save us in the end...

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      TKs view 6 years ago from The Middle Path

      Thanks for catching my attention Beata. I read a couple of your hubs last night. I was too tired to comment but couldn't stop reading your compeling journeys through the worlds both tangible and emotional. You have so much depth and talent of expression.

      I've been truely touched by your strength and the skill with which you convay your perceptions.

      Thanks for sharing. In the end, perhaps that's all there really is.

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      Irfan 6 years ago from Adelaide, Australia

      Amazing hub Beata ... the words, the style the flow the layout... flawless. Loved it. thank you for sharing this. :)

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      Beata Stasak 6 years ago from Western Australia

      Thank you Jlava, happy you stopped by...all the best my fellow hubber:)

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      Jennifer Vasconcelos 6 years ago from Cyberspace and My Own World

      Great Hub! I really enjoyed it!

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      Beata Stasak 6 years ago from Western Australia

      Thank you so much 'Cogerson' for stopping by and happy your visit was worthwhile:)

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      Cogerson 6 years ago from Virginia

      Wow what a great trip through history.....I am very impressed with this work....and seeing this is the first hub I have read by you....I am excited about reading futures by you.....Voted way up.

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      Beata Stasak 6 years ago from Western Australia

      Thank you my dear hub followers for your lovely words, yes, makusr, 'Gandhi's words are there, my history teacher was the one I heard them the first time from:)' She was the one, that open the door for us to the real history events at that time of Communist propaganda, she was really brave and I felt time came to honour her in this 'treatise on history;)

      Thank you, Tina for stopping by and happy that your time was not wasted, so happy to find you as well:)

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      Christina Lornemark 6 years ago from Sweden

      This is a fantastic hub, and I love it! For some reason I started to read the captions under the photos and the story totally captured me. So many wise thoughts, and part of the incredible history. I was once on the other side of the Berlin Wall, in West Berlin, and that solid wall made me so sad. The human madness struck me and it was impossible to shield myself off from all those people who where on the other side. All those people that where killed and so on. I went back the year after the wall was torn down, and it was a relief to see that it actually happened. Sadly we seem to never learn, as you say. Humans do the same mistakes over again. After all these memories that arise from reading your words, I got back to the top of the hub once again and read the story in the poem too! Thanks for writing this, it is fantastic in so many ways and I am so glad that we have found each other. Voting up,

      Tina

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      Manoj Kumar Srivastava 6 years ago from India

      Beata,

      Greetings from MAKUSR. What a fine hub you have written, Beata. Democracy is not about disagreement, it's about acceptance. Truth is not what you may know. It's much more than that. Mahatma's words are here.

      THERE IS ENOUGH IN THE WORLD TO MEET MAN'S NEEDS BUT NO MAN'S GREED.'

      I'm impressed with your work. Voted high!

      Lots of Love,

      MAKUSR

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      Melanie McNamara 6 years ago from Hamilton, Ontario

      Amazing compilation of photography and prose, history can really carry us away. Loved your style of writing.