Head in the clouds
There is no frigate like a book
To take us lands away,
Nor any coursers like a page
Of prancing poetry.
This traverse may the poorest take
Without oppress of toll;
How frugal is the chariot
That bears a human soul!
America was built on two monumental crimes: the genocide of the Native American and the enslavement of the African American. The tendency of official America is to memorialize other peoples’ crimes and to forget its own - to seek a high moral ground as a pretext to ignore real issues.
I have never seen such perfect sentences.
We should realize that as nations and as humans we all make mistakes. But we shouldn’t use these mistakes of the past generations to condemn people today. As a person who lives in a family full of conflict regarding religion and nationality, I have learned early on that no matter which side you defend at the end of the day someone is going to pay for what you stood for with their life and that shouldn’t be acceptable. I have cousins who can recite every small mistake or wrong committed in the Arab world. They will supply their argument with dates and names. And they always feel smug that some 50 years ago one Arab president committed a crime or made the wrong choice and so we -Arabs- should keep our mouths shut and take our invasions and the theft of our land with our mouths shut. They forget that As an American too we are represented by many presidents that at one point or other have made some wrong choices and we shouldn’t be quick to point and judge.
The odd thing about people who had many books was how they always wanted more.