No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.
We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for….This is a quote by Robin Williams, from the film the Dead Poets Society. People will take it in different ways but for me its very true.
It is ironic a man that said this took his own life but I can say he practiced what he preached and there is no disrespect there only sadness. We humans, in literature, poetry, art, film, conversation, express the importance of these intangible elements for a happy life. Yet…we never truly express their values to each other. We never show love, only spite, we never understand only condemn.
Even in fiction, we say the gods envy us, because life is fleeting, because we do not have forever and thus we love stronger, but do we really. We say these things yet we ask why do people commit suicide and we laugh at them, judge them (religious folk),
we forget them. Which is my point saying Robin Williams practiced what he preached, I don’t know what was going through his mind, or how deep his battle was with the demons in his soul.
But if we stay alive for poetry, beauty, romance, love. And you dont have any of that in your life, why would you want to stay alive? Why call a suicide victim a coward? He is akin to the guy who had the courage to quit the job that was making him unhappy. Why call him selfish, it is you that is selfish to want someone to endure the greatest torture just so you have a drinking buddy….just saying.
Its sad how we are, what is even more sad is that I am not sure we can change, but I cant be vex, it is hard enough to change myself. I just hope one day we at least recognize the flaws in our ways so we can grow…so it doesn’t take a celebrity to die, or a country to be nuked, for millions to be displaced for us to care,and sadly still not care enough. I hope someday a child that know one knows will shed a tear and cause a village to rise up…