Day 2800: What remains

Last night, Michael, Aaron (who remains at our home near Boston while he attends his final year at University of Edinburgh online), and I were talking about how politicians were trying to remain in power by using fear. Michael said,  “Well, as Joseph Conrad said, ‘When all other feelings are gone, fear remains.’  When I  asked, “Doesn’t love remain?”,  Michael and Aaron remained agreed as they swiftly replied, “NO.”

As that conversation remains in my heart, head, and soul today, I just googled “Joseph Conrad quote about fear” and found this:

“The wicked people were gone, but fear remained. Fear always remains. A man may destroy everything within himself, love and hate and belief, and even doubt; but as long as he clings to life he cannot destroy fear: the fear, subtle, indestructible, and terrible, that pervades his being; that tinges his thoughts; that lurks in his heart; what watches on his lips the struggle of his last breath.”

― Joseph Conrad

I’m hoping that in the struggle of my last breath, love remains.

What remains from my most recent photos?

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Harley remains next to me on the sofa while I am blogging.

What remains of the great Chadwick Boseman, gone way too soon? So much remains, including this:

I remain agreed with Chadwick Boseman that everybody should be the hero of their own story.

There are many quotes from Chadwick Boseman that remain, including this one from the acceptance speech he gave when  Black Panther won the award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture at the 2019 Screen Actors Guild Awards:

“To be young, gifted and Black, we all know what it’s like to be told that there is not a place for you to be featured,” he said. “Yet, you are young, gifted and Black. We know what it’s like to be told to say there is not a screen for you to be featured on, a stage for you to be featured on.

“We know what it’s like to be a tail and not the head. We know what it’s like to be beneath and not above. And that is what we went to work with every day because we knew, not that we would be around during awards season and that it would make a billion dollars, but we knew that we had something special that we wanted to give the world. That we could be full human beings in the roles that we were playing. That we could create a world that exemplified a world that we wanted to see.”

What remains for you after reading this post?

For me, gratitude always remains, so thanks to all who helped me create this post, including YOU.

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15 thoughts on “Day 2800: What remains

  1. Lovely tribute, Ann! Thanks for sharing his very inspiring acceptance speech. ♡(ŐωŐ人)

  2. What remains are very deep thoughts that entail Harley having to write a letter to the Kitty’s English Guild Premium Edition. It’ll be published ASAP. It’ll be titled: “Kittens have bad dreams too.”

  3. Love and fear are often inseparable, and if one remains, the other will, too. Without love, fear may not even register. When we love, it is impossible not to feel fear when threats arise.

    I am unaccountably happy to hear that Aaron is going to live with you and Michael this year while he studies online (although Edinburgh is no doubt an interesting place to be a student).

  4. Our admiration for Chadwick will always remain, Ann. Thank you for your tribute.

  5. puella33

    Did you really think that Trump has an element of love? He’s the devil’s twin.He started his term with fear and will end it with fear- he doesn’t feel- period, -he’s callous It’s like his soul had a shot of novocaine when he was born and has remained numb, therefore not being able to use a conscience. The people who revere him are blinded by their prejudice and ignorance, which go hand in hand. That’s the reality. So what remains is the necessity to vote.There are people rioting and losing their lives for democracy in Belarus- doesn’t seem that much different than here now a days. What remains is for me to say thank you for the graceful pictures of nature.

  6. I’ve always believed, and hope I always will believe, that as long as there’s life there’s hope.

  7. Came back to look at your photos in the middle of the night and, do you know, I think kindness remains longest of all

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