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True Blue Door

(2,969 posts)
Fri Jul 3, 2015, 01:02 AM Jul 2015

Why is there no Tomb of the Unknown Dissident?

A thought occurs to me sometimes: That throughout history, there must have been countless people who - despite living in cultures without explicit concepts of freedom - chose to behave freely and openly, and speak truth to power at the cost of their lives. While there are a few examples in ancient history that survive in modern awareness, the vast majority of these people are lost to memory.

But I have what you might call a spiritual belief that, regardless of their memory as individuals being lost, that the value of their sacrifice cannot be. That regardless of there being no objective evidence their actions had any effect, that an inherently good and brave action invariably marks itself in humanity somehow.

So I wonder why there is no Tomb of the Unknown Dissident. Why there is no monument to the countless people who have made this sacrifice for the entire world, regardless of their motives, and yet been forgotten?

It's something that I hope will exist some day. If so, it could perhaps depict something similar to the Norman Rockwell image of an earnest-looking man standing to speak amid his neighbors, but starker: A small, innocent looking figure speaking fearlessly to looming, menacing figures, and yet appearing more powerful. Just a thought about what the inscription should read:

To all throughout history who have spoken truth to power and paid with their lives: Your names have been lost, but your deeds are forever inscribed in the fabric of the human heart.
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Why is there no Tomb of the Unknown Dissident? (Original Post) True Blue Door Jul 2015 OP
If they're unknown... HooptieWagon Jul 2015 #1
Rather nihilistic way of seeing things. True Blue Door Jul 2015 #7
"innocent looking figure speaking fearlessly to looming, menacing figures,...appearing more powerful Cassidy1 Jul 2015 #2
Definitely one of the more profound images. True Blue Door Jul 2015 #8
And then there's this guy Fumesucker Jul 2015 #9
I love that photo. Cassidy1 Jul 2015 #10
That is a beautiful idea and I never thought of it before. Juicy_Bellows Jul 2015 #3
I like the idea. Solly Mack Jul 2015 #4
Jose Rizal Monument, Rizal Park, Manila Philippines Cassidy1 Jul 2015 #5
this idea along with a Peace Department will maybe happen olddots Jul 2015 #6


(300 posts)
2. "innocent looking figure speaking fearlessly to looming, menacing figures,...appearing more powerful
Fri Jul 3, 2015, 01:21 AM
Jul 2015

I don't know if he spoke, but I'd start with tank man.

Your post also reminds me of how the military attempts to monopolize the word "serve." You can serve, and serve your country, in a lot of different ways. Serve just means performing a duty. Anybody can serve. We are all meant to serve in some capacity.

True Blue Door

(2,969 posts)
8. Definitely one of the more profound images.
Fri Jul 3, 2015, 02:33 AM
Jul 2015

After it became clear Bush was turning into a dictator post-9/11, I used that image of Tank Man as my avatar in many internet discussion forums.

Solly Mack

(90,709 posts)
4. I like the idea.
Fri Jul 3, 2015, 01:23 AM
Jul 2015

Of the countless people who, in their everyday life, made a difference to others because they spoke up for others or they refused to live in fear.

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