1, 6, and 1000 years later

the Book of Her Life

Recovery takes forever in a world ruled by cycles of male violence. Especially when counselors encourage you to think of your sexual violation in cyclical terms such as “anniversary”. Fuck that, there is no such thing.

Though the social world is dominated by men, the physical and natural world follow no such rule. The rythms of the earth exist outside of man-made systems of time, and man-made problems. If you were ever to seek comfort in the neutrality and meaninglessness of something, or the grace and dignity of a higher power, look no farther than the universe itself, which runs according to its own time. Don’t celebrate or mourn “anniversaries”: by man-ufacturing cycles, that creates the illusion of no escape, as suddenly a memory is imbued with the forces of nature, ensuring that you will not escape. This is a deception, as memory is subject to the forces of nature…

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