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“The Nature of the Beast”: trust

The Nature of the Beast is the third book I’ve read in the Inspector Gamache series and I’ve enjoyed them all! This book raised some great questions about good and evil, especially when it comes to the question, Can people change?

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Source: http://gamacheseries.com/the-nature-of-the-beast/

Today, while scrolling through Twitter, I was disturbed by an article from the US. It was an article about the number of prisoners being executed in a short amount of time, I think 8 in the next few days in just one state. I scrolled by too fast because I was so disturbed by the fact that capital punishment still exists.

In Penny’s novel, a serial killer is mixed up in the building of a secret supergun. This serial killer isn’t just evil, he seems like he’s irredeemable. he is beyond saving. Even the generous, thoughtful, and wise Inspector Armande Gamache does see the possibility for this man man to change and become a functioning human in society. It was a dark read, one that I wasn’t prepared for.

The village of Three Pines in Quebec, a fictional town, is the site of a genius group of men’s idea for a supergun, one that doesn’t require technology to deliver its devastating blows. The residents of the town don’t know that the supergun even exists, expect for some of the town’s oldest, and most secretive residents. Twenty or so years after the men building the gun came to town, the evil of their presence still lingers in the collective memory of the town. In fact, the town’s poet, Ruth, writes about these evil men, specifically the man who became the serial killer, in her poems and the poem about her encounter with this seeming animal won her awards.

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Source: http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/2402940087

The three men responsible for building this terrible weapon, one they were willing to sell to highest bidder, regardless of the destruction that will follow. They also took the construction of the supergun one next step: they named it the whore of Babylon and made references to the Bible’s book of Revelation and the coming of the end of the world. The creepy foreknowledge of these men, and yet their determination to continue with their project brought up issues, like the building of the atomic bomb. How evil cruel can humanity become? But more telling, how much evil are people willing to put up with before they intervene? What is it about our human nature that openly trusts to the point of complete destruction.

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Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/06/arts/this-is-fine-meme-dog-fire.html_r=0

As humans, what is our limit for evil, pain, suffering and hurt? If we don’t have to do work or cause a stink, are we ok with things like the death penalty? Yet at the same time, what about those of us who are strong, brave, and courageous to stand up and say no. Thank goodness for the police and others who enforce rules and laws to keep the greater good safe. Yet time and again, we are reminded of what happens when we are willing to put up with more and more evil. More and more behaviours and actions that truly are not fine.

Penny leave her readers unsettled. Yes, in the end the murderer is caught and the old serial killer remains in jail, yet what about the thought that some people are not able to change? What about the thought that some people enjoy the suffering of others? What about the idea that sometimes we want to see an eye-for-an-eye justice?

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Source: http://www.soulaction.org/justice-theology/justice-theology-the-law/

The courage and strength to forgive and rebuild is something that Penny builds into her novels. Inspector Gamache is rebuilding his life in the town of Three Pines. Three Pines is constantly rebuilding itself as a community tragedy after tragedy. Yet isn’t these moments of suffering and pain that bring communities together? We feel like we might suffer alone, yet that is hardly the case. So, for Penny’s characters, the grief and the burden of overcoming hate and fear is done together. Humans trusting in the good in each other instead of seeing on the bad.

I was reminded recently by an acquaintance that my first inclination is to openly, and fully, trust people. I always assume the best for those I meet. I’m a person who gives you trust, yet as things happen, that trust disappears. I believe this is a great quality! Sometimes I get burned and hurt, yet it’s worth it.

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Source: http://www.nivrithitrust.org/contact.html

“Some people keep their darkness inside, and some hide their light. You, mon ami, almost certainly have a croissant in there.” (Penny)

“A gadabout gossip can’t be trusted with a secret,
    but someone of integrity won’t violate a confidence.” (Proverbs 11:13)

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Source: https://www.pinterest.com/explore/you-hurt-me/

 

 

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“Once Upon a Time”: trust, hope, believe

I am usually late in jumping into trends, and mostly on purpose. Yet I think that waiting often times works for me (expect for in the case of watching E.T. as an adult . . . hated it!). I was late to watch and love the TV show Once Upon a Time, but the timing of me watching it has been perfect.

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Source: https://pearlsofprofundity.wordpress.com/2013/08/07/once-upon-a-time/

The TV show is about North America’s understanding of fairy tales. The show includes Snow White, Prince Charming, the Evil Queen, Belle, Rumpelstiltskin, Peter Pan, Captain Hook, the seven dwarfs, Ariel, Prince Eric, Mulan, the Wicked Witch, Dorothy, and the list goes on. Yet that is not my favourite part of the TV show. The best part, and the part that I needed this week, was the emphasis on the goodness in life. The potential for people to change. The push to have faith. The power of believing.

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Source: https://www.pinterest.com/gretchenwinkler/once-upon-a-time/

Trust: “have a little faith in me / I’ll have a little faith in you.” Trusting others is hard to do and it often is what holds us back from amazing things. That is why I love Michael Franti’s song “Have a Little Faith.” He writes about the strength it takes to trust in others and the outcome of that trust: “Even though I fumble and fall / Don’t let it go / And when the rain falls down / You know the flower’s gonna bloom.”

Trusting people is hard. Several characters in Once Upon a Time have their lives changed depending on the trust they place in others. The issue I have this week is trusting a corporation/board for a job. It’s more than just one person I have to trust in this week: it’s an entire system of people. Yet, the TV show has reminded me of the power of faith and believing.

So this week while watching Once Upon a Time I have been reminded that even though things may look bleak, there is something beyond and the sorrow may only last for a moment (even if it seems forever). But belief and trust and hope aren’t the only things, as Captain Hook would say, . . .

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Source: http://www.buzzquotes.com/hook-quotes-captain-hook

I am fighting for my job. I am not being inactive. Yet I also have a lot of hope and belief that things will change and I will get the job I deserve. So thank you Once Upon a Time for encouraging me this week with your fun TV show. And yes, I am aware that not everyone gets their happy ending (look at Regina at the end of season 3!!), yet I have hope it will happen for me!

There is always hope.

There is always hope.


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“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13)

“Good will win.” (Henry, Once Upon a Time)

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Source: http://www.fanforum.com/f373/fairest-%5Bsnow-mary%7Cgg%5D-30-i-would-have-taken-character-even-if-just-play-mary-margaret-~-ginny-63099406/index9.html

“Bel Canto”: don’t miss your moment

When I was 15 I went to a week-long youth conference and a sentence one of the speakers said has stuck with me to this day: Don’t miss your moment.

As I was reading Bel Canto by Ann Patchett I realized that her entire book is about this concept: don’t miss your moment!

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Source: http://aspiritedmind.com/2012/01/bel-canto/

In a South American country where a government has absolute control over it’s people (which also reminded me of Something Fierce by Carmen Aguirre), a group of terrorist rebels take the president and his dinner guests hostage in order to stage a rebellion. The problem? The president canceled at the last minuet and a handful of generals with their very young soldiers are left with a house full of dinner guests and opera fans. Surprise!

For months the hostages and the captures live in the Vice President’s house and the relationships they form with each other is truly remarkable and beautiful. Patchette is able to take a violent and terrifying situation and breathe humanity into every page.

Near the end of the novel, Patchett is able to create a sense of timelessness and weightlessness and both hostages and captors move seamlessly through a routine of daily events that no one disrupts or interrupts. Both sides turn a blind eye to harmless breaking of minor rules, yet the possibility of fear hangs over both groups for very different reasons: the hostages afraid of being killed or starved and the captors afraid of not having their demands met, torture and death. At one point, the Red Cross worker from Switzerland assigned to act as the negotiator between the government and the terrorists is able to see the situation for what it truly is: “Truly, time had stopped. He had always been here and he would always be here” (302).

As the characters begin to realize the futility of their situation and are stuck between their pasts and their looming futures, one of the characters, Gen the translator,reflects on his time in the Vice President’s house as a hostage and on the relationships he has made, especially with one of the soldiers:
“But these last months had turned him around and now Gen saw there could be as much virtue in letting go of what you knew as there had ever been in gathering new information. He worked as hard at forgetting as he had ever worked to learn. He managed to forget that Carmen was a soldier in the terrorist organization that had kidnapped him. That was not an easy task. Every day he forced himself to practice until he was able to look at Carmen and only see the woman he loved. He forgot that the way he lived now would ever be over. And Gen wasn’t the only one” (304).

In the house, there are several languages spoken: Russian, Japanese, Spanish, Danish, German, French, English. Yet despite the language barrier (often with the help of Gen the translator), the hostages and the captors learn to communicate and understand each other. One of the main factors that holds them all together as equals is the opera music. Every day Roxane Coss, world-famous opera singer, practices and sings and every day she leaves her audience in awe and mesmerized. When Roxane sings, the guns no longer matter. When Roxane sings, it gives hope to all of her listeners. When Roxane sings, it gives courage to those living in the house. Music is the language they all understand it is the music that allows the hostages and the captors to live in a respected peace and harmony.

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Source: http://operachic.typepad.com/opera_chic/remembrance/page/2/

The hostages and the captors do not waste their time. Together they sigh with relief when one of the hostages reveals he can play the piano and accompany the opera singer. They listen to one of the most famous opera singers in the world sing every day. They listen in amazement as one of the young soldiers takes singing lessons from the opera star. They work together in the kitchen to prepare meals for all 58 of the house’s residents (the soldiers using the knives to chop and the hostages assembling and instructing). They watch one of the Generals and a famous Japanese business man play chess every day. They rejoice together in the sunlight of the yard as they play soccer (soldiers vs. hostages). Despite being in a tense and bizarre stalemate situation, they seize the moment. They continue to live. They choose to carry on and trust, love, accept, and nurture each other.

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Source: http://www.projecteve.com/are-you-sabotaging-your-business-and-yourself-trust-issues-anyone/

“Don’t miss your moment.” Rick Rigsby
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” Romans 15:13

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Source: http://www.entrepreneurshipinabox.com/images/one-moment-in-our-life/