Life Is Many Things At Once—Creation May Or May Not Be Worth The Violence And Disruption It Involves
Above is a picture I took in January of 2011 of Pioneer Cemetery in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Cincinnati is one of my home towns.
One thing I like about this cemetery is that it contains the remains of the Revolutionary War soldiers who were among the first wave of white settlers in Cincinnati.
Also here are the remains of the women who made everyday life work.
When we expand our view of history, we are most likely to get the all the facts right. We are most likely to include all that merit inclusion.
In this cemetery, I like the juxtaposition of the settlement of a newer America beyond the Appalachians with the men and women of an older time.
Everything is more than one thing at once.
These multiple qualities can be living things, industry, conceptions of the past, conceptions about places, confluences of time, the living and the dead themselves, and whatever else that sails your ship.
I’m very mindful that a Native American population was present in Southwestern Ohio before the white man arrived.
There is violence and disruption with every act of creation.
It is not clear to me that every act of creation is worth the violence and disruption that helps make it possible.
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