The Bodhisattva Series:
Frida Kahlo, John Berger
“That she became a world legend is in part due to the fact that in the dark age in which we are living under the new world order, the sharing of pain is one of the essential preconditions for a re-finding of dignity and hope. Much pain is unsharable.
But the will to share pain is shareable.
And from that inevitably inadequate sharing comes a resistance.
Listen again to [Argentinian poet Juan] Gelman:
Hope fails us often
That’s why some think
that known grief is better
than unknown grief.
They believe that hope is illusion.
They are deluded by grief.
Kahlo was not deluded.
Across her last painting, just before she died,
she wrote, ‘Viva La Vida.”