"Silence is not nothingness"–it’s a place where taboos temporarily dwell

a stack of my novels, "Breaking the silence: A story in paintings"

Silence is not nothingness. Silence is the safe haven where feelings and ideas that cannot be spoken are sheltered. Unspoken, they are expressed in paintings, in gestures, in facial expressions.

This is the quote from Breaking the Silence: A Story in Paintings, my novel about gay relationships and art censorship in the post war, communist Poland. I felt the quote was necessary in the preface to acknowledge the centuries-old process of hiding and unearthing taboos, and of the omnipresence of taboos even in the depth of silence.

As our human consciousness matures, so does our tolerance for and understanding of taboos in different cultures. Even though there are setbacks, usually imposed by an oppressive regime or a short-lived extremist movement, the quest of human beings to thrive and discover new phenomena (in science and spirituality alike), is unstoppable.

This strong belief is the motivating force behind the creation of Breaking the Silence, the page. Please join the page and participate in our ever-evolving consciousness creation!



Karo Caran, the Rainbow Poetess, is a poet and a non/fiction writer. Her novel, "Breaking the silence: A story in paintings" focuses on the censorship of art and gay relationships in the postwar, communist Poland. Her poetry-based memoir, "Life in a Footnotes" will be published this summer.
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