In Writing Comes Unity
Posted on December 8, 2010
If you were to pick up a copy of the New Oxford American Dictionary and were to scour the endless pages of endless words until you came across Writing you would find, amongst other entries, the first and foremost definition, which reads:
“the activity or skill of marking coherent words on paper and composing text”
This got me thinking – what does it mean to write? Is writing as easily defined as the New Oxford American Dictionary makes it out to be? When one considers all that can and has been born of writing, from the texts of Shakespeare which have provided laughs and cries, inspiration and satire, for the past 400 years, to the music of Bruce Springsteen which has provided the voice to emotions and feelings felt by so many, the writing of whom has provided a voice to the human soul’s of those who have listened to him. Right into the 21st century, where without writing we would not have so many of the things which sustain us in society, friendships, and life. Take facebook, over 500,000,000 users online now – to put that into perspective that is the equivalent of every single person in Europe being online. However, the birth of facebook – although the dream and then reality of a Harvard Student, Mark Zuckerburg – would not ever have become the said reality had it not been for his ability to communicate with people… And which ever way you slice it, writing will have been the root of this ability. (I mean come on, could facebook really have been set up based upon neolithic grunts, ugs, and ooogs?)
So far it looks as though I have just been taking on the New Oxford American Dictionary in the way they word their definition of writing but, there is a point to such scrutiny.
In the modern day, the world is dictated by money and power. This is a sad, but true, fact. One only has to observe the world around them to see that, in many cases at least, first impressions are based upon looks, and these looks are usually achieved by the biggest house, the fastest car, the fur coat, or the exorbitant hand bag… How are these things achieved and acquired? Through money. As good as a person’s heart may be, that means nothing to someone walking down the other side of a street. I feel very passionately about changing this, as to allow the people with the good hearts, and honest minds to excel, whilst leaving those with cold hearts, and selfish minds to re-evaluate their standing in the world. (See future entry about this – “Love Revolution”).
Ideally our lives would be based upon the old motto:
“United we stand, Divided we fall“
Racking my brains to try and find instances where everyone, no matter their skin colour, faith, position on politics, financial situation, or even football team support, I managed to come up with a grand total of nothing. Okay, so I came up with a few things like breathing, living, existing… But these are all so subjective that they aren’t really suitable for mass unity (not which can be observed anyway). I quickly got myself immersed in the land of facebook, and then something struck me. A friend of mine just became a year older today, and her page is awash with messages much along the lines of “Happy Birthday! Love youuu!” etc etc. Streaming up and down her page – trying to gauge how many of my friends wished her a Happy Birthday, whilst totally neglecting to do so on my birthday (oooh the spitefulness) – I noticed a recurring theme. Everyone was writing a similar message. No matter who they were, on this one little wall everyone seemed equal. (“WOOO! EQUALITY!”). What was even more remarkable, and what really struck a cord in my heart, was when I stumbled across a boy who is largely viewed as a ‘let down’ by many people, or who is someone who should be ‘avoided’ for the amount of trouble they cause. I think the saddest thing about this person is that he realises in himself that he has made many poor decisions (haven’t we all?), but because of those decisions he is largely viewed in a negative way – in my opinion totally unfoundedly. However, as I read his birthday wishes for our mutual friend, a message as basic as they come, I realised beyond doubt that I really had discovered unity. Nobody was judging him and nobody was excluding him – on that one facebook wall everyone was doing the same, thinking the same, and writing the same. I noticed that for a very brief moment that the world in which I was a part was totally unified, and that was beautiful.
If only the unity I experienced this day, 8th of December 2010, could be replicated across the social and economic spectrum, I truly believe that people would be happier, with the good in people exalted and the bad decisions of people forgiven and forgotten.
On August 28th 1963 Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered one of the most famous speeches in history, his 17 minute address delivered to over 200,000 people from the steps of Washington D.C’s Lincoln Memorial, named “I Have a Dream”. In that dream he wished for Racial Equality, and after many years of hardship that is what was largely achieved. I now have a dream, and that is that in an age where Racial Equality can be achieved, so should Social and Economic Unity. Starting with facebook, and never ending until we, the people of this world, are United in life. A good way to start would be writing… Because as I observed today, even the most outcast of people can be at one, equal, and united with his fellow man through what the New Oxford American Dictionary would describe as the activity or skill of marking coherent words on paper and composing text. In reality, it can be so much more…
That is my dream, is it yours too?