Literacy Sparking A Debate

Posted: October 8, 2011 in Poems
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There is a reason why some societies restrict the flow of knowledge; make it difficult for others to share their ideas, their beliefs, their hopes, their desires.

There is a reason why literacy is one of the most precious gifts humanity can impart on its children; a gift that should, without question, be considered an essential human right.

A right that enables learning.  A right that empowers one with the ability to become more knowledgeable and to gain a precious insight.

Literacy makes it possible to understand what is, what was and what will be wrong.

It makes it possible to see, to understand and to agree upon what is fundamentally right.

Literacy can spark a debate; an exchange of ideas, a thought-provoking invitation to join in and support a moral fight.

It can educate and start a dialogue; draw attention to a past transgression – in the hope that disparate people can come together and redress a wrong and attempt to make that wrong right.

Caucasian Chalk Circle of a dilemma – where the transgressors have long since departed and the participants in the debate have no personal sins to atone for; no individual need to make anything right.

But literacy helps bring perspective to the dialogue; helps ensure  each and every one can see the other side.

So cherish the gift of literacy – as without it, there would be no Spark in the Shadows; no way to banish the darkness and no way to see our way through the night.

  1. Dead right. Before the Cuban revoluton literacy rates were less than 10% and was a means of oppressing and enslaving the Cuban people. After the revolution literacy rates were targetted immediately and within 10 years or so had reached almost 100%. Castro and his buddies knew that literacy was the key to growing their nation.

    I often wonder whether literacy in the UK is going bkwrds.

  2. This is so beautiful, Mark. I wish these thoughts could be used to teach children (and motivate more parents to participate.) If they each understood how extremely important the “why” is, before we begin to teach them the often boring mechanics, I think we’d have many more participants in all the world’s important conversations. It feels good to think that something I wrote sparked your writing of this. Write on. 🙂

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