"The past is prophetic in that it asserts loudly that wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows." ---Martin Luther King, Jr
If there is anything that I have learned by going to school,
it would be that people never really change-
no matter how hard, we wish it so.
For example, I recently read a chapter in a textbook
about the civil rights movement and in MLK's words,
I quote, "the past is prophetic."
And it has led me to realize that we don't 'learn'
because how can we learn about the past doings of our fathers
yet carve the same future for our children.
I understand that people may disagree with me
probably have a few words of their own but, this
movement for civil rights hasn't truly ended.
It has only evolved like a virus that's gone left untreated
and we can't seem to come up with a cure fast enough.
Maybe in a sense this struggle that continues to plague our nation
isn't about ONE race or religion.
I understand that.
But it seems to me to be about an entire society that can't get along.
That in one state someone's fighting because their skin color isn't the same
and in another someone's fighting because they're gay
or they're a woman, or Muslim or Christian.
Where all just overgrown children with access
to anything we can ever think of.
And yet WE CHOOSE to grab for the guns and the violence
even when we have the ability to use our hands to mend rather then to break.
Maybe that's our lesson.
We record all these moments in history and teach them to our children
trying to push the idea that we don't ever,
want this to happen again.
Only to realize that our pleas are futile,
we won't change and neither will the things we change for.
We'll climb one hill, adapt and start over.
Maybe one day some time far into the future
Someone will find a way to break the cycle.
Maybe one day people will come to
'Love thy neighbor as yourself'
but to be honest,
I don't expect it in my lifetime.
No, for my generation I believe we'll still be fighting-
possibly making small steps of progress
but never 'one giant leap for mankind.'