With book bans and limits on what American students of today’s society, our kids can’t learn and will not know how or why these active movements and depression is happening. It proves beneficial to read from people of our past and literature is designed to and will provide aid in times of trouble. Sadly the books we read in high school are almost obsolete. What does exist of great American Literature you have to search for.
The American government has been lying to you point blank about how well our education system is. They have been lying to you about a lot of national affairs in general…but that’s a topic for a different day.
After speaking with a Russian Uber driver, he explained that everyone in Russia wants to move to America for opportunities and once they get here they see first hand how weak our education system is. America is not number one in anything but amount of inmates per capita and the amount of people who believe that angels are real. So history will repeat itself as we continue to shield our children from the realities of the past and the purpose of existence. If you’re teaching your child from home, will you teach from famous artists and authors of our times and of past times? Historical Literature is almost Obsolete, and that is scary in the era of a new depression. Those works were written by talented writers and though it may be dark, it’s honesty. With all the movements going on, I urge, no I BEG you to teach yourself and teach your children American Literature from the past and from current times. We have to know where we have been and what we have done, to understand how to stop history from repeating itself, and to avoid an industrial war.
As much as I love the positive and motivational words and quotes from Instagram and they are inspiring… The true value in quotes and poems/works are generated from every era, from legitimate authors and artists and not a few too many young “Influencers”. Today’s Influencers should be tomorrow’s novels not words to live by. Today’s influencers need a slap of reality, don’t spread messages that you don’t understand. It seems innocent but the things that are “today’s literature” are people using their smartphones to say what is on their mind, this can be extremely harmful to society.
My favorite written pieces of all time are by no means motivational, empowering, or even positive words outright. They are important however, because they express the agony and pain of humans who have lived before us. They are less about the divine positivity of individuals, but more tales of hard times, war, depression, civil rights movements and woman’s right. They may be dark but they are important for personal growth! they are words that help find a common ground between our world today and the authors world when he or she wrote it
Short stories and Poems from the 1800–1900 era are very dark and honest pieces.
For a list of poems new and old and short stories go to www.poetrysoup.com
For those less keen on literature or for crafty people I find DIY art and poems to be great ways of expression and gifts. From everything to Rainbow Bridge a pet loss poem to Tell-Tale-Heart a dark story about hiding murder. Words and written pieces are a great and to develop a empathy or a way to express condolences to those suffering whom you may not have the right words for. Reading American Literature aids in even just understanding a persons thoughts, and opening your own mind to the possibilities and mindsets of others unlike yourself. They were written for a reason. Are we too dense to see this?
A few of my favorite written pieces are below. I urge you to find poems and stories from the past that have some symbolic meaning to your life. Find the connect between the past and the present.
ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM
By: Terry Kettering
*A poem about Death and Dying and why we do not seem to accept that death is going to happen to all of us because it’s inevitable. It’s also a poem about the refusal to accept and acknowledge death or express condolences in fear of insulting another. The importance of speaking about death after one has lost someone.*
WHAT IT MEANS TO ME: This piece I’ve engraved in wood and given as a mantle piece for my aunt who was grieving over my uncle. I wasn’t close with my aunt and I didn’t know what to say, as he passed from vCJD a neuro degenerative rare and terminal disease.
Elephant in the Room by Terry Kettering
There’s an elephant in the room.
It is large and squatting, so it is hard to get around it.
Yet we squeeze by with, “How are you?” and “I’m fine,” and a thousand other forms of trivial chatter. We talk about the weather. We talk about work.
We talk about everything else, except the elephant in the room.
There’s an elephant in the room.
We all know it’s there. We are thinking about the elephant as we talk together. It is constantly on our minds. For, you see, it is a very large elephant.
It has hurt us all.
But we don’t talk about the elephant in the room. Oh, please say his (her) name.
Oh, please say his (her) name again.
Oh, please, let’s talk about the elephant in the room.
For if we talk about his (her) death, perhaps we can talk about his (her) life. Can I say his (her) name to you and not have you look away?
For if I cannot, then you are leaving me….
in a room….
with an elephant.
Tell-Tale-Heart and American Classic written by Edgar Allen Poe is another piece that taught me something.
View the images below for other pieces of literature I find of value