We Will Remember Freedom: Why It Matters that Ursula K. Le Guin Was an Anarchist

I don’t do a lot of reblogs, probably not enough, but this one, well, it screamed “Re-Blog Me!” So I did. The post will introduce itself, I would only make a mess of it. I have read several Ursuly K. LeGuin books. The ones mentioned here are must read.


I’ve never liked the part of the story when the mentor figure dies and the young heroes say they aren’t ready to go it alone, that they still need her. I’ve never liked it because it felt clichéd and because I want to see intergenerational struggle better represented in fiction.

Today I don’t like that part of the story because… I don’t feel ready.

Last week, I lived in the same world as Ursula Le Guin, a grandmaster of science fiction who accepted awards by decrying capitalism and seemed, with every breath, to speak of the better worlds we can create. On Monday, January 22, 2018, she passed away. She was 88 years old and she knew it was coming, and of course my sorrow is for myself and my own loss and not for a woman who, after a lifetime of good work fighting for what she believed, died…

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9 thoughts on “We Will Remember Freedom: Why It Matters that Ursula K. Le Guin Was an Anarchist

  1. rawgod

    Thanks, S’T, I had not heard of her passing. Her death is a great loss to the science fiction community, but her spirit will be welcomed on the next plane of existence. May she never have to reincarnate in this dimension ever again.


    1. Sha'Tara Post author

      Thanks, rg. As to reincarnating here, who knows? I am coming back, for that is part of the deal with my purpose. Who knows but she has things to say yet, to a different kind of generation, perhaps more understanding and receptive? Not all of us return as victims. I’m here now by choice, a much more difficult journey than I had anticipated, but isn’t that always the case if we are evolving ourselves?


      1. rawgod

        The more evolved, the harder the struggle yes. That is why I am always excited to meet someone with a similar level of consciousness. I have spent most of my life alone, role modelling for people who have no desire to know what life has to offer. I take my comfort in knowing that once upon a time I stood where they now stand, and somehow I struggled my way forward. This always gives me hope, because if nobodies like you and me can pull ourselves up, so can anyone else, and everyone else!


      2. Sha'Tara Post author

        Quote: “if nobodies like you and me can pull ourselves up, so can anyone else, and everyone else!” That is certainly how I see it. I think it is the sentiment of all those who find themselves more or less where you and I are at: If I can do it, so can anyone else. I remember when a preteen thinking the other way, and it propelled me to do whatever it took to “excel” or beat the system, and that was, ‘whatever anyone else can do, I can do also and perhaps better.’ That was one of the ways up and out from the dark places. Self motivation, I suppose.


      3. rawgod

        Self-motivation, yes, but more, I think a lot more. In my case, I think it started with realizing there was more to me than my earning power, more than my basic ability and intelligence. In my own words, it was discovering I was a spiritual being, and all that could entail. Yeah, I knew I was different than most of my friends and acquaintances, but it wasn’t enough to just be different. I needed to see myself as someone capable of going where no one I then knew could ever think to go. That was not an easy search, nor was it a short one.
        But eventually I got there, and that opened so many doors for me. There is so much I could say (actually, did say, and then erased it all, lol) because while it is important to me how I got here, it is truly only important that I got here. And I presume it is that way for you too, now that we are here. Because it is here that we can do our best to demonstrate to others how life can be lived, not just as an individual, but as a member of an entire species, as a member of all species together. At least, this is my concept of it. Just this morning I held a door open for someone who was coming through that same door, but probably 20 paces behind me. I saw him coming, and waited till he caught up, and I uvhered him through. He said, “Thanks, but you didn’t need to worry about me.” Without thinking or hesitation I said back to him, “I worry about everyone. ” I didn’t really expensive t him to say anything in rdurn, and he didn’t, but he did give me a look like, “You really do worry about everyone, don’t you.” And that’s just the way I am, now…


      4. Sha'Tara Post author

        I do follow you in this. It’s what compassion does, it activates the responsibility reflexes. It becomes so personally important to not only do what is right and proper, but to anticipate needs and remain in a state of mind that says, “I’m here for that.” or, “It’s what I do.” And nothing’s ever the same after that nor is there any turning back. My take.


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