I’ll always be a dreamin’ man
I don’t have to understand
I know it’s alright.
The only thing that has changed the status quo is a person with a dream, a pursuing the dream with the singular focus, the dogged determination of Ahab hunting the Great White Whale.
I have dreams. I believe all people have dreams. To dream of a different tomorrow is an ability separating us from the animals. Some dreams, like Ahab’s are to destroy. It was a dream that destroyed him. These dreams turn people into savages. Others dream for a better tomorrow and some even make it happen. Dreams are a dual edged sword. I recommended you and I yield our dreams for good lest the destroy us.
Sofrer não é em língua nenhuma. ~Adrelia Prado
(Suffering belongs to no language. ~Adrelia Prado)
Suffering and joy. Joy and suffering. The experience is the same in all languages, for peoples of all colors, for peoples of every faith, for all genders, for all ethnicities, for all sexual orientations. The emotions are universally felt, universally experienced.
How can we who have suffered inflict it on anyone else? How can we who have experienced the exhilaration of joy not wish it for all humanity?
Why is it so difficult to understand humanity is but one species blessed with variety of color and language and customs – all worthy of a place at the table of life? Why is it so difficult to understand all people are part of a single organism and suffering in one hurts the entire being?
I believe when the kingdom comes
Then all the colors will bleed into one
Bleed into one.
I find it amazing something as insignificant as color can divide people into opposing camps with a strong leaning toward oppression or violence as a solution. It makes no sense to me. Were our eyes designed to see in a different spectrum, ultraviolet, infrared, or x-ray, a spectrum where black and white and red and yellow all looked the same, a spectrum where the thin epidermal layer showed no differences to our eyes, would life be any different? What would then become of human society?
We would likely find a way to separate us from them, to segregate so one set held sway over the others. It’s a sickness of the human condition this need to categorize fellow humans into superior us and inferior them, the ins and the outs becoming the haves and the have nots. It’s a defect in the human psyche. One day, I fear, the defect will result in the demise of humanity at it’s own hands. Hopefully, the insects will evolve into more rational creatures.
0 que em ti forem palavras, nos outros serão raizes. ~Renata Pallottini
(What were words in you, will be roots in them. ~Renata Pallottini)
Words are seeds, seeds that can grow lovely flowers, towering trees, or nettles that choke out life, poisonous plants that kill or stunt growth in the soil of the human soul. We have the power to sow flowers or sow thorns, sow love or sow hate. We have this choice with every word seed we utter.
How much better to dance through a field of tulips than to stumble bloodied in a field of thorns. We can plant fruit bearing trees or vines that suck out life. It’s all in the power of our words. Choose them wisely.
I write against fear. Against the wind with claws that lodges in my breath. ~Alejandra Pizarnik
It is possible to have two very different responses to fear. To shun or embrace, to avoid or explore, to hide or expose.
Shunning, avoiding, hiding means to never know what’s on the other side. It is to remain ignorant. In the worst case, we get ‘ism’ behaviors – racism, sexism, etc. – where people encounter the unknown and choose to dehumanize –> vilify –> attack –> destroy.
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