Harbinger of War
There was a scene in the movie Ghandi that has haunted me ever since I’ve seen it. It is the march on the salt works. It’s an extremely powerful scene but what has stayed with me all these years was how the nurses were preparing for what was to come before the march started. The women were resolved, sober and very much aware of what was coming. That memory came into this piece.
"The highest greatness, surviving time and stone, is that which proceeds from the soul of man. Monarchs and cabinets, generals and admirals, with the pomp of court and the circumstance of war, in the lapse of time disappear from sight; but the pioneers of truth, though poor and lowly, especially those whose example elevates human nature, and teaches the rights of man, so that "a government of the people, by the people, for the people, may not perish from the earth;" such a harbinger can never be forgotten, and their renown spreads co-extensive with the cause they served so well."
- Charles Sumner