Patience and Fortitude - Our Speech Is Our Freedom

The Friday following the election, I was in New York City. I hopped out of my Uber ride, rounded the corner and ascended the steps of the epic New York City Library. Those lions are something to behold. But I’ll get back to that in a minute…

So there I was minding my own business, photographing the exterior of the library and I hear what sounds like chanting. I turn around and see literally thousands of protesters coming straight down Fifth Avenue. Whammo!…just like that, I found myself in the middle of a protest; one that had so many people in it that they closed Fifth Avenue for hours!

Just that morning I was watching CNN while I was having breakfast, seeing all the protests all over the country. I immediately texted my two boys warning them to be careful if they decided to attend any protests, and there I land in the middle of one. I was absolutely floored! Freedom of speech in this country is an ingrained right, something we take for granted. However, we are on the precipice of losing that very thing we hold so dear.

The majestic lions that lie in front of the New York City library are named Patience and Fortitude for what was believed at the time of their installation, qualities New Yorkers would need to survive the economic depression. If the current political regime has its way, we’ll all be caged, or stoned, or worse, for saying what we really think in a public setting…or on social media…or at a party. How would that feel to you? Would you feel violated? Oppressed? Would you dare to challenge the system?

These are the very things that happen in our epic fantasy trilogy, The Q’ntana Trilogy. A story that transcends time and place. During the Bush era, our writer, Mark David Gerson, was often asked if he wrote The MoonQuest (part one of the Trilogy) as a metaphor for the then political situation in the U.S. The answer of course is no, it was in fact penned long before, in Canada(!), but it has become a story for our time…for all times.

In The MoonQuest, Toshar and his friends set out to end the tyranny in their land, to bring back the Moon’s light which has been extinguished because of the overwhelming sadness, oppression and pain that overshadows everything. It takes the courage, fortitude and patience of the entire group of travelers to accomplish their goal, but they ultimately succeed. Sound familiar?

We must be persistent and exhibit patience and fortitude to accomplish our goals. Be strong and stay the course, just like Toshar…

In the land of Q’ntana, only one bard’s imagination can end the tyranny…


Contributed by:
Kathleen Messmer
Managing Partner and CEO - Anvil Springs Entertainment  

Kathleen has worked in the film and television industry for nearly two decades and holds a degree in film from one of the nation's’ top universities.  Her long career in the industry has seen her working on a wide range of films with budgets both large and small, building a thorough understanding of all aspects of any film project. She has also worked alongside Oscar-winning producers, directors and actors. 

See more of Kathleen's creative work in photography here


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