Blessed BeSat, June 6, 2009 - 3:46 PM
When the elders are forgotten.. Put away in homes..
Little flats..where they die together...
Forgotten by their children and grandchildren...
When they are considered a burden..
How does that create cynism....
When the stories are forgotten..
of how we got here, where we came from.....
And lies are whsipered in our ears...
Of what we are and what we should be..
Blessed be those with short-term memory...
Blessed be those who hurt.
Blessed be those who dance....
Blessed be those who got lost..
Blessed be those who came back...
Blessed be those who break loose..
Blessed be those who break through.
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|didja hear about the sardonic grin?|
|thank you for this.|
-- The phrase "sardonic grin," commonly used to describe a bitter or scornful smile, has its roots in a highly poisonous plant indigenous to the Mediterranean island Sardinia, according to new research.
Phytochemical analysis of Oenanthe crocata, or hemlock water-dropwort, a perennial that thrives near Sardinian ponds and rivers, revealed that toxic alcohols in the plant can cause facial muscles to contract, sometimes contorting into a sinister smile.
According to ancient reports, the plant was used in pre-Roman Sardinia for the ritual killing of elderly people who were unable to support themselves.
A burden to society, the people "were intoxicated with the sardonic herb and then killed by dropping from a high rock or by beating to death," Giovanni Appendino of the University of the Eastern Piedmont, and Mauro Ballero, of Cagliari University in Sardinia, and colleagues wrote in the latest issue of the U.S. Journal of Natural Products.
I wonder what they would have felt when being beaten. If that drug would give them some sort of rush or high or narcotic state...
Wicked that they keep laughing...
I too lament the loss of culture and identity, and so relate to this.
When did we lose the will to care for and about our elders?