Learning How to See

After I’m finished reading Kafka’s collection of short stories, I’m going to jump into Herodotus. I’ve always been obsessed with the ancient world. Currently, I’m watching Troy on Netflix, and I’m really into the mythology behind all their actions.

I would absolutely love to write like Homer or Virgil and tell great tales of our world in the eyes of the mythological. As you all know, I’m not a science-fiction person so it might seem weird that I’d be into mythology, but I think the people of the ancient world saw this more as a way of life, as a religious text.

I’m definitely not religious, but I definitely understand the significance of it — especially when it comes to morality and observing the unobservable. I don’t know what I’m going to do when I start reading Herodotus. I’m hoping to find a connection between the past and present that hasn’t been observed before.

Here, I’m going to take a quote that I looked up and try to establish that connection between the past and present. You — and I — might already know where I’m going with this:

“The only good is knowledge, and the only evil is ignorance.”

Learning How to See

There’s not much one can do
they go through school,
and not take it seriously,
or use it to reconfirm
their hateful beliefs, fully aware
they’re picking and choosing
arguments that can dissolve
with the proper context
that teachers are paid to provide.

With knowledge comes power,
but only when used to help others,
and when those with power
use that power for the benefit
of the greater good.
With ignorance comes evil,
and we need to be careful
because ignorance can disguise itself
in education by targeting
those in need and those
who call themselves optimists–

or opportunists with the same
evil intentions, unable to lead,
unable to empathize
unwilling to see the light
that comes from helping others
because they — perhaps —
were stripped of their light
when they were younger
and are afraid to find out
what they were missing all this time.

Light and dark must coexist,
otherwise knowledge wouldn’t exist,
but what do we know–
100 years from now, people will
look back, ignorance front and center,
and laugh at all our mistakes,
so instead of focusing on knowledge
and ignorance, we should
use education as a tool to help
each other see what’s hiding
in the dark.

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