Sunday, 15 May 2016

A Letter to the Divided

No matter how pretty a flower blooms again and again, there are stupid and selfish people in this world that wish to blow it away again.
I can tell you about the sorrow of each era. It has men and women that desire nothing more than to line their fancy pockets with wealth and power, leaving behind those that do not have anything to live for, with absolutely nothing to live for. Many of you will close your eyes and say that you do not see that sorrow, but stop lying to yourselves. That sorrow is all around us.
They claim that the aim is equality…equality for whom? All I can see is a widening gap. The rich get rich and the poor get poorer. Without knowing passion you decided that there is no getting hurt as long as you are blind to the ways of the world today. You decide to look at the world as simply…a foregone conclusion.
That is what drives people mad I tell you. It makes them unable to remember the gentle sea or the cool fresh breeze on the interlocking hills of their hometown when they were younger. Don’t you hear the voices of our forefather passed on in the wind? Don’t you hear them crying in pain at what has happened to the world? I know that I can hear their sadness. This is not the world they saw for their descendants.
They want you to take back the sorrow in the world today. They want you to stop ignoring what is all around you and look at the world with clear eyes and do your best to fight. If that sorrow is lost, so will the hopes of millions of voices for the future. Sorrow is just a moment that will never repeat itself, but it is a moment that can lead to greater things in tomorrow’s world.
Just look at the waves on the lakes, seas, rivers, streams and oceans. They truly depict sorrow. The wave rises and rushes forward but soon subsides into something gentle that has so much power to annihilate. It soon disappears into calmness in the distance and forms a greater part of the hopes of tomorrow’s wave somewhere.
Even though there is a future none of us really knows exists, we cannot let the gaps furthering the divides between people grow. Until you take back the sorrow the rich forget in their money and poor forget in their longing, the gap between the two will only grow wider and cause sorrow beyond anything else in this world.
If you are not careful there will come a time when these people meet and hold hands. It will be seen as a symbolic gesture of false unity. The fact is that in truth it will simply be a show of aggression with smiles that do not touch the other’s eyes.
In that one handshake, there will be nothing else besides hatred and coldness. Their cold hearts will be shattered into a thousand pieces by the freezing moonlight they each stare out as the gap between them increases. In the end they will both embrace the darkness and hate each other, and in the words of Master Yoda this hate will lead to universal suffering. That will lead to more death if you are not careful. Wars begin because of such things. One man does not want to be poor again and the other does not wish to be poor, hence they will fight and tear this world apart.
These kinds of war will not end because everyone will keep fighting for their personal beliefs.
But believe me, trying to fight for what you believe in, fighting for someone you love and care for is not bad and in the end you end up doing the right thing all through. It is not foolish or mistaken. You cannot blame both men for fighting their war because it is inevitable as long as the world is this way with two extremes that seem to be getting worse.
And yes, I might not understand the world, but I think it is possible to change this world because there is someone out there that is precious to you. You can even love the world and seek to narrow that gap so that the same hatred that plagues us does not plague them. I am sure it is the same for every one and that is why in such wars you will find every one trying so hard to ensure things do not get bad.
The reasons for fighting are all wrong and should change in earnest so that people fight to narrow the gaps between them and prevent future wars. But the selfish people that all fight for the wrong reasons to keep the gap in place and make it widen it so that the endless cycle of inequality dogs mankind forever. These people think and act in the wrong way with noble intentions meant to benefit only themselves and not the rest of the world.
It is even scary when we close our minds. That is it because the only thing that we will see is an end and not care about what happens in the middle there. The powerlessness of one side against the other always leads to conflicts of closed minds.
However, power is whatever one makes of it. Soldiers and ministers are simply tools in war but above and beyond that they forget one thing that they are still just individuals fighting from two sides of a particular coin. Poverty and wealth the widening divide of today’s society has created one question whenever soldiers of the two points of view clash, what are we fighting against and how are we supposed to do it?
But I believe that a day will come when all sides can work together side by side to narrow the gap, but that day might come when it is too late and all that we hold dear in this world is lost. Because the truth is there is a need to look at what we can do and what we need to do all mixed in what we want to do, but we must decide basing on our hearts with the aim of narrowing the divide that is ever growing.

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

A Letter to the Ignorant

There are times that you find yourself without a choice anymore. You might not understand what is right, but you should not just give up. If you know what is going on, you cannot just keep quiet. You cannot just sit there and be happy in your ignorance claiming that ignorance is bliss. Ignorance has never been bliss. It is a false heaven hidden away from the realities of real life…tucked away from the pain, sorrows and tears of those in pain that are crying for the present.
The problem is that history has given us example after example of what a majority of ignorance can lead to. We are all too aware what being silent can lead. It can take us down a path where we see less of the true potential of the coming future. It is not a path that those old enough to remember want us to remember. You have to speak up before our blood soaked history happens all over again.
As we speak up or attempt to, we can try to determine what exactly determines friend or foe. Is it the colour of one’s skin? Is it the ideals one believes in? What is it? Do you have that answer? Do you even know what it means?
Each and every one of us has a heart. Most times this piece of muscle is in motion full of passions and deep feelings. It is these passions that make me realise however much we say we are ignorant, we are not. We are loving animals full of life and only scared to show that side of us, but we are traveling through the surface of time and time dictates that we throw away any notions of ignorance.
If you do not believe me I am going to ask you to simply try one small thing. Look up to the sky that is always blue at any point in time. But in this day and age, doesn’t that endless blueness squeeze your heart? You see the endless days of violence that gave birth to our age of tense peace, filled all the survivors with endless sorrow. Those survivors are too afraid to let go of what they fought for and have managed to suppress the current generations, which have the views of tomorrow.
But…I say to those sad and old cowards,
Life goes on. 
As long as you still have your burning souls, and even if the truth loses sight of you, life goes on. Even if you wanted to protect it and your heart was shattered, your eyes which knew the true sorrow of yesterday can be filled with the same love that made you fight for the world you dreamed of. You know what is right and what is needed, so don’t be afraid to remain behind the walls of ignorance.
Let go of your fears and pass on what needs to be passed on.
Do not let the light that our forefathers fought for in days past, scatter in vain. Stop being ignorant and awaken to the truths of this world. The time to speak out has come. Use your voice and awaken all your neighbours pretending to be ignorant from that place where sorrow engulfs everything.
If you love deeply with your strong courage and hopes then how can you be ignorant? The memories of the sins of the past should be a wake up call. I know that somewhere deep down, those memories bind all the entangled souls lost in ignorance. That is what you should be aiming for.
Feed off those memories. Let them move you and those around you. If you fight the ignorance you shall awaken from that slumber and illuminate the whole world, from this place we have all been cast into by the rest of the world. Do not let this world stop you from believing in today. Do not let what is happening be the reason to shut your mouth. Continue believing in today and what can happen for the future generations.
But if I may ask you, why do you feign ignorance when you know things and can speak up for the greater good?
The state of the world has made more and more people pretend to be ignorant. It is better to be ignorant that speak out. Even if you do not like someone and are unwilling to listen to them, you shut up and act like a robot.
You are not a robot, but still maybe we need to learn that ignorance is not the answer and that speaking out also involves tolerance. That is what is really lacking in this world. That is what has forced many to be ignorant because if you do not agree with the authority, you are labelled a traitor and a persona non grata.
But I want to ask…
Are you the only person that is right and will not accept anyone that you do not like and agree with? That kind of sentiment puts things in the minds of people “What if I had power, real power? If only I could get a hold of such power?” …sentiments that in my dear country seem to be causing the birth of a new rebel group…
Anyone that thinks that they do not have power will probably think that way and become a curse on the peace. But you see the problem is that once you get hold of that kind of power you are the one that makes other people ignorant. You make them cry. Do not forget that as you wallow in your own pit of ignorance.
You see you are not the only one who is right. If you get power and think that the time to come out of the ignorant tide has come, do not forget the last two paragraphs and wield your power blindly and ignorantly, for your own personal reasons and justice. That would just make you a destroyer of the innocent and nothing else.
So do not be ignorant. Do not be a coward. If you know something, speak up and do not be afraid. And to those making others be ignorant, life does go on. You can let go and trust that those who have a vision of tomorrow in this current age will do as you did, they will lead the world forward and you can sleep easy at let the world pass on to other hands.

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

A Letter to the Dictators

They say that a scholar’s name will be remembered for a few years after his passing, but a warrior shall forever be remembered. If you look at it from all sides, it can only seem to be seen as praise because the warrior took it upon himself to free and defend the weak and oppressed. The scholar chose to tell all the people in the world something that they did not know. But in all honesty it is a curse.
Because the warrior was once a significant nobody. The ones who ruled saw no reason to get rid of this warrior. But that is the false confidence of the rulers. They dim those insignificant at the moment little more than cockroaches. But experience turns a cockroach into an animal. This animal can become something else and in turn it too become an overzealous and confident being worth killing, and that is when the ruler decides to strike…but alas it is too late, because the ruler created the very monster that will destroy him in the name of freedom and justice.
You see once seated at the top, the warrior fails to see that true skill is in fact not a blazing flame. A predictable attack has the most predictable outcome. That is how he views the cockroach until the insect becomes one that can oppose him and make him quiver in his breeches.
In the start of his or her journey, the warrior fights for code, duty, honour and freedom before the stupor of power removes all sense of right from the warrior. That is when the warrior will fall from the top to the very bottom until another warrior takes up the sword against him to free the weak and defenceless.
The way that the world was, men and women were forced to fight as children for all their ideals, until eventually they could live as nothing else. Even with a desire to seek peace and understanding with every soul, those that are warriors always use force to eliminate the evil that is in the world. Warriors are burdened with sin, covered in scars and yet they continue to fight for their ideals removing those that are oppressing the weak.
Their way is extremely sad and it eventually leads them down a dark path often filled with blood and tears. In this world full of contradictions the sins of taking life never changes, but to change all that a meaning must be found.
Just look at our history. It is full of these warriors. If I start to mention them, I might end up in trouble, but the mist obvious examples are Milton Obote and Idi Amin. They were warriors on a righteous path, men with a vision, their sword was the will of the weak and their shield was their sense of duty, code, honour, freedom and justice. They all start out loved and adored before the seat of power corrupts them.
They start out with good intentions; intentions that kindness is extended to everyone. But those intentions turn into decrees. The warriors force those intentions down the throats of those who would aid them in governing, which is no different from an evil act. They abandon all that they love giving self-serving excuses to make themselves feel a lot better about themselves.
They lose sight of what they really wanted. The desire to see a beautiful tomorrow is what matters in the beginning but in the end, they desire to keep the world in today, refusing to face reality and abandoning the rest of the world to its dirty fate. They do not choose reality and the forward march of time thinking that they have the only truth. You see the line between good and evil is almost as thin as the line between love and hate if not thinner. That is why good intentions of a warrior can so easily turn into evil intentions.
And that is why warriors must give way to the scholars. You see my friend, with warriors at the heart and top of power, mankind cannot move forward into the future. Warriors are afraid of change because they believe that the world is in an endless cycle and in truth it is, because men gather to exchange shows of force instead of ideas. Mankind is yearning for that future that the warriors so boldly sit on.
Men everywhere want to see a bright new dawn. They want to see the world change. We will always be grateful to the warriors because they had the energy to destroy an old system that kept bringing out the worst in themselves. They destroy the world and create a falsehood that is the new world only for it to turn back into the same old world they fought against.
In turn they are demonized and all sorts of hateful and evil things are blamed on the warriors, and that is simply because men prefer to blame their sadness on a person instead of the world created by that person.
But until the warriors understand that they should lay down their arms and embrace the future, the world will never be free of the past, never able to move forward into the uncharted waters of the future full of possibility. True those of world who cannot pick up the warrior’s sword, will never understand the true problems of the world. But we will have to figure out those problems by ourselves in a changed world with fewer warriors in power.
Even so we will find a way to make the world a place where no one has to pick the warrior’s way. I believe that the true way of a warrior is fighting your fight and letting. The warrior’s final battle is one with one’s self, one in which the warrior has to find a way of sharing their happiness however small it might be with others, and expanding those particular feelings is what will lead us to true freedom and justice.
As a true person desiring peace you have to know that you must think of the rest of the world. No one knows what is going to happen to the world. Not the warrior, not the scholar, not the weak or strong…no one, but each and every one in the world must be able to make their own choices

Friday, 18 March 2016

A Letter to the Disheartened

Someone is attacked and they respond which prompts another attack. We all want have a happy life…to be happy, and we all fight because we think it is the only way we can achieve that. Perhaps the solution is a world without the threat of war. What would this kind of world look like? This is a world where if conflict was eliminated, all people on the earth would simply conform to a set plan and follow it. Your role will be predetermined and if you do not conform then you would be weeded out.
Such a world would have people who are not restrained by worry and people who are free from uncertainty about their role in life and the future. People would live untroubled by doubt.
But such a world is a fantasy, a world where people live according to the destinies decided for them, manipulating the very essence of what we are, our humanity and the one gift the creator granted us, choice. Yes, no war and every one would see that fighting is pointless in the world since our plans would be pre-planned.
But I ask you, don’t we create our own destiny and plans.
We all have dreams, wishes and hopes and to put it more bluntly, desires. We want to do this, we want to become that. We all feel that way and that is why such a world is fantasy and a delusion of the mad minds that wish that. I tell you, you cannot stay in the same position for too long.
Let me ask you, would you like a world where nothing happens and you’re told what you are supposed to do. I can tell you that for a long time, as people we have lived our lives in a selfish equilibrium. We share a dream in our selfishness but never realise it. You see world peace comes with freedom and independence of the minds. We cannot choose submission to what someone serves us on a golden plate full of jewels.
And, although some will say that it is better to know nothing and that what you do not know will not kill you, but in this world where such a fantasy as no war is the shared vision of many, I personally am not satisfied with that and neither should you be. I say we have one life that we can only live in this moment, in this hour the only time we have. Your dreams are yours and yours alone. Do not let others use them for their own benefit.
Your dreams just like your words make a difference. They matter. Sure, some will listen basing on who you are to them, but your words do mean something. When you believe in what you are saying in the moment, they are your words. If you have no choice but to fight, fight for your dreams and hope for the future. That is the very life force of all human beings and if I am to be honest all living things out there.
When you are denied your dreams and hopes for the future, you become nothing more than an empty husk of muscle and organs. We will be ruined capable of nothing more than mere existence. All our lives are a struggle for the future. It is right to fight for it and that is why you must fight. As living beings that is why we must fight to destroy that which would destroy us and plunge us into a world of living death.
And when you feel that something is a bad idea. If you feel it in your bones, stand up for your rights. Someone should not label you and what you stand for. You might not know until the fact has passed, but that is just the way things are. In this world of arrogance it is hard to know what is truth and what is fiction.
In this life we all do things so that they might be found and find ways to know that we might live again. We say goodbye but we know that we will soon say hello, and in that way all that we lose as we live our dreams will not matter because if it is truly ours it will come back to us. Something beautiful is happening and it is always happening in the present, not in the past and not in the future.
All you can do is raise your voice, sing and hope that it may happen tomorrow too because unlike the past the future is yet to come and it can be changed with our actions today, actions that we must determine with our own minds and hearts.
But you see we are all prototypes of our own faith and beliefs. Each of us has their own path to take in this world and as such should not let it be overtaken by unwanted attentions. The ideals of tomorrow’s world are our own and we must follow them. I can tell you that it will not be a pretty story worth being retold over and over again, but it is your story worth living and enjoying without being told what to do by those that do not understand a thing or two about living to chase your dreams.
The sad thing is that you might get into a sad situation that requires you to lose your body, mind and soul to your ideals and hopes. Interestingly such a situation for you will not be all that bad. It suits us as human beings so well that it might make us sad not to chase the situation that requires sacrifice.
That is why to the children of today I will tell them that when purity and innocence turns into actual power, they might bring a cloud of darkness over the world with that power. It might be a good darkness or the kind of darkness that frightens you, but as long as you are not conforming to what someone else is telling you to do without proper consent from your heart, then, it is alright, just alright.
That goes back to what war really is. It is many ideals fighting for prominence, when in actual truth these ideals are all chasing one dream. That is why you will find that there is one party crouched down as though they want to collapse. The hand they would have raised not being able to come down and strike the enemy in a fell swoop. And when the soldiers of the different ideals march off on their wars, their loved ones always ask, “tell me why you have to go?” And they always do not wait to hear the answer to the question. They simply tell the soldier, “all we want is you to come home.”
After all isn’t love for what you are fighting for why you are fighting?
In the end war is brought about because various forms of love reject each other. Love rejects love as a heavy burden and before you know it, it turns into a burning hatred that burns brighter than the yellow sun in our skies. The two hatreds then turn a blind eye to the inconvenient truths as long as they can fight to the death of the other. That is the world we live in today, a world of dilemas where we destroy each other and leave behind the fact that we once held love close to our bosoms and once tried to understand each other.
But there is another way. We all have a different option. Instead of plunging into war and violence why don’t we seek the warmth that is in each of us? Why don’t we look for more love that brings us to understanding each others’ pasts, troubles, dreams and desires? I think we resort to war because we are weak and because love hurts almost as much as it provides a great feeling.
Do not be afraid though. Face your fears and become stronger in your conviction. Then that is when we will learn to what it means to truly have desires, dreams and our own destinies.
So to create the future we have to change from what we are used to…We want people to understand us but do not want to understand them in return. So maybe we have our future and hope…