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Empathy and connection between people"
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"Anger (novella #2 in the trilogy)
centres around a family & the day a ground of black uniformed paramilitary seize their land, putting stakes in the ground, the grandfather and the young disabled grandson are indignant, the son and his wife wary and afraid, their older daughter Rose is practical, the young adult Paul son going crazy wanting revenge.
The family is observed, tries to address the injustice, compromised."
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Christina Thompson
“As the number of oral cultures in the world has diminished, interest in them has grown, and one of the most intriguing questions is whether there might be such a thing as an ‘oral way of seeing’, a worldview common to oral peoples that might be different in some generalizable way from the worldview of people in cultures with writing.”
Christina Thompson, Sea People: The Puzzle of Polynesia

Sindiwe Magona
“The three children of fear and confusion - Cowardice, Corruption and Colonisation - had arrived.
Suddenly I did not know what I knew or who I knew.With the exception of my mother, my own
sisters and brothers, and my own children, I did not know anyone at this time.

Some neighbours sprouted horns that could gore me. Colleagues I had known and trusted grew tails. And friends had the Devil's own fire roaring, ready to fry me to brittle bone.
The pressure was fierce for people, everybody, to be involved in what was happening. But not all did so out of conviction.”
Sindiwe Magona, Forced to Grow

Sindiwe Magona
“I have this fear that if I ever believe that others wield power over my destiny, that I am so vulnerable, I might as well abdicate control of my life. For if I accept that, what is to stop me attributing to others all the setbacks I encounter? And once that happens, why would I do anything to get back on my own two feet? I would be virtually saying that it was beyond me to reclaim myself. I would be accepting absolute lack of control. And the Good Lord knows, I had very little control over my life as it was.

This fear, this need to go on believing I am in the driver's seat, may be the one ingredient in my make-up I will not find it easy to relinquish.

Therefore, with everything that I cherished taken, broken or out of reach, I resolved I would become self-sufficient. I would work hard. I would study. I would pull myself up by my bootstraps. Yes, even though I had still to acquire the boots.”
Sindiwe Magona, Forced to Grow

Sindiwe Magona
“What I had not known was that perception of people like us did not quite coincide with our perception of who we were and what we were about. 

More than anything, however, being a domestic servant did more to me than it did for me. It introduced me to the fundamentals of racism.”
Sindiwe Magona, To My Children's Children

Sindiwe Magona
“As might be surmised, CWC was multi-racial, multi-denominational, inclusive of all faiths. It had members from the Christian faith, the Islamic faith and the Jewish faith. The primary objective was to build bridges, to effect reconciliation, to attempt to live lives that projected well into the future, to a time when the laws that separated us according to skin colour would be no more.

It was a fond dream put forward as a testimony of faith. We truly believed the possibility existed for apartheid to be dismantled. Therefore, it behoved us to hasten the process by living the future now.”
Sindiwe Magona, Forced to Grow

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