Now/Then

“I would at times feel that learning to read had been a curse rather than a blessing. It had given me a view of my wretched condition, without the remedy. It opened my eyes to the horrible pit, but to no ladder upon which to get out. In moments of agony, I envied my fellow‐slaves for their stupidity. I have often wished myself a beast. I preferred the condition of the meanest reptile to my own. Anything, no matter what, to get rid of thinking! It was this everlasting thinking of my condition that tormented me. There was no getting rid of it. It was pressed upon me by every object within sight or hearing, animate or inanimate.”

-Mr. Frederick Douglass

…starting to echo some of his sentiments, as of late.

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The Rest? History….

I’ve long been a fan of historical fiction.  I believe what captivates me most is the fact that it might have happened, though it is presented as any ‘ole tale.  Many remark that we should learn from the past in order to compose a greater future, but I believe the past is best left just there.  The knowledge that humans have gained in modern times is going to propel the world to great heights, just as the mindset of yesteryear was valuable to that time period, and I believe that is a beautiful thing.  The more we take the time to seek the unique qualities found within old history (both the good and the bad), the more knowledge we gain.

Both the Middle Ages and early American history interest me more than any other period in time.  Think about it.  These were times that lay claim to unmatched progression and devastation, all in one.  Society wasn’t nearly as cut-and-dry as it is today, and in a way, I wish I could experience that kind of existence (if even only for one day).  Can you imagine the sheer amount of novel-worthy situations that may have arisen then?  So much wonder…….so much mystery.  We are only human.

Street Performance

Merits_of_Busking_Main

Otherwise known as busking, putting forth an effort in order to keep passerby entertained has become a respected art around the world. Many have made use of their talents as a means of earning money for various reasons. If you have the flow, why not go? Give it a try! Stability is never guaranteed to drop by, but spontaneity will never go out of style (it can’t).