“Do you follow World politics?” ~Querent
“Only on the periphery of life. My thoughts always turn to the poem by Percy Shelley, ‘Ozymandias.’
I met a traveler from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert…near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed;
And on the pedestal these words appear:
‘My name is Ozymandias, king of kings;
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!’
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
(I also enjoy Shelley’s friend Horace Smith’s version of the poem.)
The civilizations on Earth at the present time aren’t the only ones to ever have existed here.”
“Where is the proof of that? Where are the remains of the other ones?”
“My point, exactly. Like the King Ozymandias, there is nothing left. The Earth reclaims all things. Historians do not get to decide if she does or doesn’t. We are hers and not the other way around.
The civilizations of this World are ephemeral. Watch and learn from the mistakes of past civilizations as much as we can and try not to repeat them–that’s the most that we can do.
The best thing to do is learn to be the best parents possible to our children.Teach them love, tolerance, acceptance, patience, cooperation, conflict resolutions skills, stewardship and also how to manage our Shadow sides–teach these things and the rest will take care of itself. “~Aeleto
(Photo: Percy Shelly Draft of Ozymandias. 1817)