Turning Our Backs

So, I’m reading this novel by Russell Banks called The Reserve, & it’s my 2nd Russell Banks in a row (1st one was Lost Memory of Skin & is a humdinger!). & early on in this novel a/the main character (too soon for me to know if he is a or the main character) gets into a big ugly scene, & reflects immediately afterward that it was so-and-so (a woman)’s fault for having turned her back on him.

That line hit me with a wallop as I recalled a memorable scene with an old boyfriend that involved one of us turning our back on the other, resulting in a big dramatic rather soap opera-ish scene, & ugh how I dislike that soap opera feeling coming over me, all that drama drains the energy out of me like crazy…

&/but I’m willing to bet we could all muse some on personal instances of key figures in our lives having turned their backs on us, one way & another, yes??? & it would be easy to go down a very “Oh poor me” rabbit hole, hmmm? Yup. Yup-yup-yup. Betcha most of us could do that, real easy.

But we could all also muse instead on how we have all turned our backs on so many-many-many important & worthy things/people/places/situations…as individuals, as a culture, society, civilization, call it what you will.

You get what I’m sayin’?

I don’t need to paint the picture…do I??

There’s just a very great deal we have all turned our backs on, I’m thinkin’.



p.s. with gratitude to Russell Banks for his thoughtful, provocative novels!

Quote of the day: “You can describe the predicament that we’re in as an emergency, and your trial is to learn to be patient in an emergency.” – Wendell Berry

Runner-up Quote: “Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.” – Buddha