The Past Chimes in, Opinions on the World from Literary Giants of the Past.

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Sojouner Truth Can you believe the world today? I really thought that this country at least, as well as others would have progressed the civil rights movement with more momentum, and that people would appreciate these rights, but I was wrong. I mean look at Facebook today, people are begging for others to get involved in the political process. That is unreal, past generations fought and died for the abolishment of slavery and then faced trying to have their voices heard by government with the right to vote. Everyone finally gets their freedom AND the right to vote, but do not take advantage of this most precious opportunity, smh. It is shameful, and disrespectful to those who died to squander any chance you have to better yourself or community.24 hours ago via MobileCommentLike

 

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William Apess I completely agree with you Sojouner. The saddest part of this is that the conservatives in this country are still turning their backs on the teachings they claim to follow, even now. I called them out on it in my day and really hoped to have an effect, to show them the error of their ways in treating people as commodities. I even used their tools, the Bible namely, to try and help them grasp this concept. For more information about me and my work, you can look me up, but this is a pretty good link: http://coursesite.uhcl.edu/HSH/Whitec/texts/Amerind/apesslkggls.htm 23 hours ago Like

John Smith Sometimes I feel like all of what happened in the Americas is my fault. I regret that I ever forced people to stay in the colonies. To see what happened to this country is saddening and enlightening all at the same time. But I could not agree with you more Sojouner, in fact, I had sorely hoped that times would change more rapidly for the better, seems that is still in bloom. I am not nearly as proud of my work as I once was, as evidenced to some degree in my writings about the experiences in Jamestown and elsewhere. For more information about me and my life and works, you may visit: http://www.virtualjamestown.org/jsmith.html , or http://docsouth.unc.edu/southlit/smith/smith.html 21 hours ago Like

Ralph Waldo Emerson I second the sentiment John. It must blow your mind that America turned into the mess it is today, for that matter, in my day. People seem to have forgotten all about the past and refuse to see how they are repeating the same mistakes. Instead of embracing nature they have destroyed it and the moral fiber of society. With the abolition of slavery the country made some progress. Unfortunately, the lessons I tried to impart did not take like I hoped, people who become self-sufficient step on and look down their noses at others that are still struggling. Pride will become the cause of the downfall of these people.20 hours ago Like

Sojouner Truth Ralph honey, don’t beat yourself up too badly. We all tried to share our experience and advice in our own way. Now I have a little experience now with your writing, the people of today have twisted the message of self-reliance that you left for them. They have used it and others’ writings to justify their atrocities. I know that you are a bit of an upper crust type of person, but some of your words are hurtful to the poor in the land. Coming from the veritable bottom of the barrel, my perspective is a little different, a little help is seen as a hand-up, not a hand-out. Women are still not quite equal and differences among the races still exists today in the world. This mentality of women being inferior to men needs a major overhaul. This is something I spoke out about in my time, I gave a speech that is remembered to this day. Unfortunately, young adults do not hear about me until they are in college. So for anyone that is curious about my life and work may visit the link below: http://www.sojournertruth.com/ , my poem, “Ain’t I a Woman” is in the link. You should check it out!19 hours ago Like

Ralph Waldo Emerson The poor need to help themselves as much as possible, the charities and freebies can create a lazy society. They do not have to become lazy, but there is a need for a change in the mentality at the core of society. People have become sheep that are looking out for only themselves, which is unfortunate. The lesson I tried to impart was to help yourself, but to be original in all things. Or, as I put it in my book “Self-Reliance”, “My life should be unique; it should be an alms, a battle, a conquest, a medicine.” (Emerson, 552). It is a shame that people are still allowing themselves to be pushed over and made to conform in this day and age, no one is original, politics, the one area that needs the most spontaneity and originality is the one place where no one is left with a real choice and freedom. I saw it in my day and found myself ashamed of people around me. I stated in writing my perspective on this subject, “most men have bound their eyes with one or another handkerchief, and attached themselves to some one of these communities of opinion. This conformity makes them not false in a few particulars, authors of a few lies, but false in all particulars. Their every truth is not quite true. Their two is not the real two, their four is not the real four: so that every word they say chagrins us, and we know not where to begin to set them right. Meantime nature is not slow to equip us in the prison-uniform of the party to which we adhere. We come to wear one cut of face and figure, and acquire by degrees the gentlest asinine expression.” (553). I pulled these quotes from the Norton Anthology American Literature Eighth Edition, Volume 1. If you would like to see my works you can visit: http://transcendentalism-legacy.tamu.edu/authors/emerson/ this includes links to my literary works as well.18 hours ago Like

Frederick Douglass If I may offer my opinion, might I say that where there is a will there is a way. However, for some of the poor in today’s time, there is not much of a way. The elite have so much power and influence it is difficult for the common man to do much beyond staying common. I am glad to see that there is an honest politician running for president in the next term. Go Bernie go! This man is one I had hoped would come along well before now, but the countrymay not have been quite ready before. For more information about me, you may go to the following llink, or just google me: https://worldhistoryproject.org/topics/frederick-douglass 17 hours ago Like

Ralph Waldo Emerson If the policies he proposes go through without the societal drive to keep said policies being effective, it will lead to more moochers. That said, with the support from the generation and more activity in the communities, things may turn around. I see your point on people not being able to climb out of their class Fredrick, jobs are being dumbed down in this country to perpetuate poverty and it is horrendous. Below is a link to a Ted Talk that takes on the spirit of self-reliance that I had hoped Americans would have embraced better than they have: http://www.ted.com/talks/jacqueline_novogratz_a_third_way_to_think_about_aid. If you are interested in more of my work, you can see my essay “Self-Reliance” in its entirety here: http://youmeworks.com/selfreliance.html 16 hours ago Like

Thomas Paine Sojouner, you took the words right out of my mouth. I wish people would wake up and realize how precious their vote is to the operation of America. I rallied for independence and the end of slavery. While I see that slavery was abolished, it seems this country still has masters, the rich. Same as in my day. Furthermore, real slavery, not just neglectful wages, still exists in the world. It is able to be abolished for good if we all take part. Here is a guy who has an awesome way of looking at modern day slavery, this is the link: http://www.ted.com/talks/kevin_bales_how_to_combat_modern_slavery#t-909048. Here is some information about me in the link provided: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2006/10/16/the-sharpened-quill, for links to my works, go to: http://www.ushistory.org/paine/ 15 hours ago Like

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