Join me in a soul-searching journey that will allow us to walk in the garden of understanding, to have a conversation rather than a debate, to list facts as they truly are, now, or were, then, to discipline ourselves to respect one another’s understanding of what was then, and what is now.
How much has changed from then, to now? How do we perceive whether anything has changed from then, to now? Do we operate within a vacuum when seeking to comprehend changes from then, to now? Who decides the breath and the scope of the changes from then, to now? What if we disagree on the changes that have allegedly occurred from then, to now? Whose precepts and concepts do we use when attempting to calculate changes from then, to now?
Does the fact that I have more academic degrees than you better position me to determine the changes that were thought to have been made from then, to now? Do my life experiences afford me the opportunity to express to you that I know what’s best in determining what has changed from then, to now?
Is the glass half empty, now, or was it half full, then?
We muddle our minds within a tsunami-like quagmire, only to frustrate ourselves further with a statement like; that was then, this is now. The scope of ascertaining a true understanding of ourselves and of our fellow men/women is to see our souls, will you agree that William Shakespeare, may have understood then, that, his quote is apropos for, now; “To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.”
The world seems to be in a constant state of confusion; wars have been raging for thousands of years, hatred of the world’s inhabitants appear to be at an all-time high, greed, and disregard for others have taken on the appearance of being the wave of the future, the world’s leaders, regardless of their positions have shown that they have no regard for the truth, be it in the church, political offices, at the malls, in the grocery stores, the list is infinite, because, as you may be clearly able to see, that was then, this is now.
© Melvin “Casey” Lars
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