Thank you JJ for your thoughts on change. I agree with you that the evolution of a person's beliefs is a fascinating subject. I like your example of the Buddha who changed from a prince to a man of compassion. Of course, his enlightenment didn't happen all at once. He endured a lot of physical and emotional suffering. In this way, his journey is similar to Frida's. I don't know if Frida felt that she attained enlightenment after recovering from the bus/trolley accident, but I think she questioned the purpose of her suffering. Her letters reveal a young woman who felt she deserved to suffer, but I think as she gained physical strength and mobility, she began to cast off her martyrdom. Once she encountered other like-minded artists and intellectuals through some of her former school friends and her new friend, the photographer Tina Modotti, Frida turned her full attention toward art and politics.
The art historian Celia Stahr is writing Frida in America: A Journey into the Unknown.