Submitted as entry for #FourLinePoems' Competition
It is said that the illiterate of the twenty-first century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn. A soldier who thinks for himself is the most dangerous threat to war. That is why he is indoctrinated to serve the interests of the country (no questions in the face of morality of warfare) before his own self interest. For a society whose people have been fine tuned to understand only the shortcuts to happiness, and the real deal is hidden away as an impossible elixir, the real revolution lies in our ability to ask questions and seek critical enquiry without fear, discrimination or favour of anyone.
Freedom and peace is not won on the battlefields.
The chance for freedom is won there.
The final battle is won or lost in our hearts and minds.
- Helen Gahagan Douglass