“Like a sword, a word can wound or kill, but as long as one does not touch the blade, the sword is no more than a smooth piece of metal. Someone who knows the qualities of a sword does not play with it, and someone who knows the nature of words does not play with them.”
I read this quote today sometime during the work day and it stuck with me. History is such an important aspect to the revolution of Society, The Atomic Family, and The World. It starts ugly; real ugly and disorganized. Chaotic at times and inhumane. The expectation is that with time, we will evolve away from counter-productive attitudes and behaviors. But you stop and wonder of where we would be had our history been any different? How much would we have advanced? How much would we have digressed? History makes us who we are but doesn’t have to dictate what we become right? This is the conundrum that this quote brings to light.
Racism and ignorance are symptoms that you are stuck in history. When you are so stuck in between the lines of the box you call life, you don’t move forward. You can’t move. You can’t move because history is heavy on our soul. It’s like having to carry bricks in your pockets and on your back day after day. Sad thing about this is that it’s like the bricks are invisible. We feel like our lives are difficult and full of troubles and we associate our sadness, depression, cynicism, hate, or even love with these troubles. That’s not what it is. It’s history. It’s how we wrap our arms around history – the past. The comfort of knowing what to expect or following through with advice given to us. Our mind set needs a change. It needs a refurbishing. As much as we are stuck in history, history is stuck in us. We can let go though if need to and learn from it instead of being driven by it.
It’s the age old question of why we continue to make the same mistakes of our fathers. Why? Addictions, mistresses, blindfolds; mistakes and chains that our fathers could not get rid of. Addiction to money or possessions. Money as our mistress. The blindfold of an egotistical mindset or self indulgence. Alcohol and drugs kill the body with time but it’s these that kill the spirit, soul, family, home. They leave you dry, inanimate, fruitless, and stuck years before this physical form will die. It makes living hard, and living with you even worse.
It’s a cycle that we have to break. A cycle that is individual and that repeats whether you like or not.