A life of reaction is a life of slavery, intellectually and spiritually. One must fight for a life of action, not reaction.
--Rita Mae Brown
With thanks to Cute Shoes and a sock in my quibbles about the old poison makeup saw - take a look at 5000 years of makeup! Well, financially comfortable white women's makeup, anyway.
And, as to this:
Is there ever any particular spot where one can put one's finger and say, “It all began that day, at such a time and such a place, with such an incident?”