“His response was to fight it with the only weapons at hand—passive resistance and open displays of contempt.” ― Kurt Vonnegut, The Sirens of Titan
What can one say about a goddess? Beauty doesn’t last forever, they tell us. But many still remember Ruan Ling Yu, some 80 years after she died tragically, by suicide.
And others wish we could have been there in the moment a Goddess was isolated, and chose death over the brutality of social marratives that demonized her for her hapless sensuality.
Guan Yin would know something about helping in that situation….
In 1930’s China, there was an ideological war afoot, and some say that Yu was caught in the sights of very powerful off-camera discussions, while others say that she was tormented by the fact that she was engendered female in a society that had no respect for women, or women’s sexuality.
Maybe some of each….but you can decide for yourself after you read up on her life.
She inspired generations of women-and men after her death.
And- had she waited just a bit longer, she mught have found a guy who could live her- who could liok past her past, and forwards to living to a ripe old age- because certainly, she would have been a cute old lady….