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Biting the hand that feeds you is never a good idea.

I love sayings, proverbs, and things like that. I like knowing what they mean and where they come fromThey are full of meaning and seem to survive the centuries. Like biting the hand that feeds you, for example. was first used, at least that’s what the records show, by the Greek poet Sappho around 600 BC, and it was first recorded in English in 1711.

The metaphor of a dog biting its mater’s hand is used to talk about a person repaying support with wrong. It means to turn against a benefactor, a supporter, or a friend. People forget that the hand that feeds them, or has fed them in the past, may still one day be needed. But that’s not even the biggest problem here. I think the worst thing is to see the lack of respect this person shows for someone who was once there for him/her.

It is sad to see such thing happening. But if this has been happening since Sappho was alive, what does that say about us, humans? Collins is right. “We’re fickle, stupid beings with poor memories and a great gift for self-destruction.

 

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Mockingjay, by Suzanne Collins

Warning: this review may or may not contain spoilers.

And so we get to the third book of The Hunger Games trilogy, Mockingjay. And if you don’t like when people spoil the surprise, stop reading this right now, because I’m about to say things that may or may not hint you to things in the book. I’ll try not to reveal too much, but there are things I have to talk about. So feel free to only read this after reading the book.

Mockingjay is the book where you see people’s true colors. You finally understand why some characters acted a certain way and why things were the way they were. The whole series was told in first person, so there were things we had no idea, simply because the main character, Katniss Everdeen, had no knowledge of them. We were only allowed to know what she knew or have get clues from things through her thoughts. When she questioned things we got glimpses of what could possibly be, but we, as Katniss, could not be sure of them.

The book’s messages are stronger. It calls us to realize how much power we have inside ourselves. It tells us not only to question things, but to fight for what is right. And it urges us to find out who the real enemy is. That, to me, was one of the most important messages. How many times in our lives don’t we fight not knowing who the real enemy is? And only when Katniss understands that, she can finally separate what’s real from what’s not.

A must read, I’d say.

Some quotes from the book:

“Fire is catching! And if we burn, you burn with us!”

“Closing my eyes doesn’t help. Fire burns brighter in the darkness.”

“They’ll either want to kill you, kiss you, or be you.”

“If he wants me broken, then I will have to be whole.”

“Thirteen was used to hardship, whereas in the Capitol, all they’ve known is Panem et Circenses.”

“Frankly, our ancestors don’t seem much to brag about. I mean, look at the state they left us in, with the wars and broken planet. Clearly, they didn’t care about what would happen to the people who came after them.”

“But that kind of thinking… you could turn it into an argument for killing anyone at any time. You could justify sending kids into the Hunger Games to prevent the districts from getting out of line.”

“Now we’re in that sweet period where everyone agrees that our recent horrors should never be repeated. But collective thinking is usually short-lived. We’re fickle, stupid beings with poor memories and a great gift for self-destruction.”

 

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