As I close my eyes and drift away to a land where there is love, health, peace, and blessings. I wanted to take the time to think and reflect.
The truth is the other day I wrote about what it takes to think about past hurts, but to also be able to imagine a future that acts as a healing for past hurts. As I said earlier, it is difficult - think at the level of the individual, when you are involved in any type of relationship, that is damaged or broken down, what work and effort it takes to restore and heal the self. Or let's think about veterans of war, who once fought an enemy, sacrificed their lives, to serve for the protection of a nation, and are now being asked to love, and build relations with former enemies. How difficult is that? It is difficult, because nothing can ever be the same. With relationship breakdowns, or fighting an enemy through war arrive scars, that could be physical and also invisible. Having said this, it is true that we can never express our gratitude enough to those who served for a nation previously, but with the making of a future also arrives a newness. Generations have different hopes, desires, and a way to envision the world. So regardless of how difficult it maybe, it is up to us as guardians, and protectors of present and future generations, to begin to build what they envision. It is their right.
So how can bridges be built from past, previous, and future generations? The answer is simple, but its complexity has always been questioned to this day. It is love. Love transforms. Love does transform, and for the transformations to occur we have to think about points of the past, present, and the imagined future. Elements must be linked, so that there is that element of inclusion from all generations. For example: Previously I wrote about Auguste Comte, known as the French father of philosophy, and founder of the doctrine of Positivism. Teachings included the embedding of racism and structural racism, particularly with Hispanics / Latinos. This is a history that we cannot be proud of from the perspective of the French, if we are thinking of diversity and inclusion at the present day. We can think about the European Renaissance (17-18th century), where pioneering individuals began to think more about being human, where there was an amalgamation of art, science, architecture, politics, and literature. Also the late 18th century where philosophers such as Jean-Jacques Rousseau thought about Romanticism. Intimacy was thought about before the principles derived for equity. Emotions and feelings were pondered upon. Individuals who maneuvered from the private to the public spaces, realized the inherent connection between public and private spaces. We can even link those ideas to the present day.
When human beings seek work / life / study balance, or desire to be themselves even at the professional level. Even at the professional level, humans crave personal interaction, to get to know each other at the human to human level. So while there are brutal histories, if we are ever going to think about building futures, present day thought, and actions matter. Finding points of agreement, or positive points throughout history that will allow us to move forward on a united front, and this might even involve acknowledgment of the hurt. This is where love, forgiveness, compassion, and character traits arrive at the forefront. We have to be willing to heal, create, innovate, individually, and collectively.
Below are some points derived from my research that were gathered to explain more about the interaction of public / private spaces entitled: "The Rise of The Social".
"As there was an emergence of society the borders of the private and the public became blurred. Activities that took place inside homes, were also ignited in the realm of the public. I think that this is only a natural occurrence because of the overlap of the public and private spheres. Private was thought to be deprived of something. However, at present day we do not think of the private as being a type of deprivation. Through the exploration of the private or the need of this. There was the rise of intimacy. This could be considered as a rebellion, against oppressions. It involved the discovery of an intimacy that was derived from the heart. This was also the period where the romanticists discovered intimacy, this took place before the principle of equality" (Hussain, 2017, p. 5).
Renaissance Poets / Poetry Thomas Wyatt Edmund Spenser William Shakespeare Sir Walter Raleigh Anne Bradstreet Andrew Marwell Dorothy Parker W.H. Auden
English Romanticism William Blake William Wordsworth Samuel Taylor Coleridge Percy Bysshe Shelley John Keats