|The Tide of Counter Revisionist
Today the Famine is again a popular topic of historical debate and
research inspired by the powerful force of Cultural Commemoration of its
Tom Hayden sums up the spirit of the counter revisionist movement as follows:
"When the Famine is recalled at all, it usually is as "the potato famine," which only implies an unfortunate agricultural accident...It is not seen as the intentional thinning and removal of a whole rural population considered "surplus" by a foreign power. A famine repressed, however, breds an incipient hunger of its own, a hunger to know, to grieve, to hold accountable, to resolve and to honor"-Tom Hayden, Irish Hunger.
One wonders however in our rush to hold accountable have we quite forgotten
the phrase- "acidents do happen" .
I highly recommend as an introduction to this school of thought the very complete anthology:
Irish Hunger:"Personal Reflections on the Legacy of the Famine"
ed. Tom Hayden, Roberts Rinehart,Boulder, Wolfhound Press, Dublin.1997.
I recently received a mailing from the:
Institute for Christian Counseling and Therapy
(PO Box 188 Narbeth, PA 19072-018)
In which the following was found:
+Breaking emotional spiritual bondages that result from buried ancestral
traumas and continue to influence behavior and undermine the ability to
"from famine to feast from pain to Passion"
What is this "appropriate concern for unfinished business?"
Sounds to me like we're off to Dublin in the Green in the green....or like the provo slogan these days "measured response"
Is it really true that revenge is the only answer? Can one see only perpetrators and hold ones own culture totally free from flaw?-or role in the complex web of causation? -C.Bladey
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