Freezing The Generation Of Time English Literature Essay

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To be remembered, to freeze this moment in time for a future generation to look back on with a shrewd and deep understanding of both who I am and what was important to me in my time would be a worthwhile goal. I would want to convey a deeper thought provoking, bigger message to be both tangible and intrinsic. I would want the world to remember the beauty, the nature and the thoughts that ran wild in my time. In doing so I would aspire to leave a lesson rather than a selfish autobiographical snapshot. To do this I would include in my personal time capsule a flash drive, and on that flash drive I would have three pictures, two songs, and a book. These things I have laid to hibernate in my capsule this moment.

George Santayana, philosopher, essayist poet and novelist said, "The future must know the past or it is doomed to repeat it." I don't know what the future will look like, but I hope that it's more beautiful than the present with the wars, environmental disasters and economic hardships. If it is not, then I have archived three pictures: a water fall, a sunset, and a river, to show the generations to come either the error of our ways or the triumph of our resolve. Dark granite rises vertically from the earth covered in lush green vegetation. Ivy vines creep effortlessly upwards against the granite walls. Clear blue water appears to split the rock in half. By means of time and motion the crystal blue water has ground the rock into submission, free falling over the ledge into a shadowy blue and white washed pool that twists and swirls on rocks that sprout out from the surrounding earth. This photo serves as a bench mark if we don't change the path of our eco-destruction will we still have places as beautiful as this photo? If not the photo proves as a bitter lesson. I pray that our civilization see's the error if its ways and we can change our global warming way of lives'. To remind generations that nature is free and beautiful and must be at the preserved for of our way of life to still flurrish.

The second photo nestled in my time capsule shows one of God's free hand paintings. In it the sun has begun to slide over the side of the earth to begin the night and start the morning for the other half. The sun slowly warns of the impending darkness against the ocean, transformed in colors of blue and purple like magic from the sun. Gods paint brush dances effortlessly across the sky with hues of red, orange and yellow blend painlessly in the clouds soothed by the awaiting night sky. The symbolism of this picture for humans of the future is that gods paint brush can daub the skies with color so my time capsule will provide for the coming age hope that they might strive to change their skies A photograph of a river would be the third picture on the flash drive. Water so clear that the multi shaded pebbles of the river bed reflect and shine like ruby's and diamond in the light of the sun as the crystal clear water floats and rolls down stream towards its destination perhaps thousands of miles through evergreen flanked trees reaching and piecing into a cerulean sky, the emerald color of the tree tops. Fluffy snowy white clouds frozen in place give depth and emphasis to the lime grasses that skirt the river. These pictures hold a visual representation of the world I lived in and that I hope to be around for generations to come. They will show what the earth looked like in 2010 and whether man made the critical decision to nurture and preserve the beauties of this earth or allowed them to disintegrate into ruin.

The thought of the world being nothing like now, imperfect as it is, worries my very soul. But my faith in mankind is hopeful for the future. "It's important to remember that political concessions which will be made in the future - as those made in the past- are irreversible" said Ariel Sharon, Israeli general and politician. To express my faith in mankind, I thought that my time capsule should contain a couple of songs representing my philosophy and the best expressions of men. Music has throughout the age's has been a commonly used method of passing historical and cultural lessons from one generation to the next. I have picked out a couple of song that I think will be excellent artistic examples of the time I lived in and the patriotism and the goodness of humanity I believe in. The first is a song written during the War of 1812 by a man named Francis Scott Key. He originally designed it as a poem titled "the Defense of Fort Mchenry" which was published two years later in 1814. The famous anthem did not reach its full flower until Key's brother-in-law Judge Joseph H. Nicholson married the words to a popular English drinking song producing this:

"Oh say can u see by the dawn early light

What so proudly we hailed at the twilights last gleaming

Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight

O'er the ramparts we watch were so gallantly streaming

And the rockets' red glare, the bombs busting in air

Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there

Oh say does that star spangled banner yet wave

O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave"

I realize this song only represents the United States, but the lyrics are a shining example of a nation's resolve for liberty, freedom, equality and the cost of that patriotism. These are universal values of the time in which I lived and will promote an understanding of what drove the hearts of men in the early 21st Century.

Another song destined for my time capsule, this one written in the early 1970's by Rush a band from Canada is called "Closer to the Heart." It speaks about the basic belief that one man can make a difference and that change might be best served from the top down. Such is a philosophy common in the time in which I lived, and hopefully will exist and flourish in a hundred years.

These lyrics should give people in the future a glimpse of not only the contemporary music of my time, but the depth of the songwriting and my respect for the democratic traditions of my era.

"For the men who hold high places must be the ones to start

To mold a new reality

Closer to the heart

Closer to the heart

The blacksmith and the artist reflect it in their art

They forge their creativity

Closer to the heart

Closer to the heart

Philosophers and the ploughmen

Each must know his part to sow a new mentality

Closer to the heart

Closer to the heart

You can be the captain I will plot the chart

Sailing into destiny

Closer to the heart

The lyrics of this song have always had a real impact on who I am and how I live my life and by in encapsulating a copy, I am leaving a lesson for the future; an example of not only who what I believe but of a deeper, more ambitious ideological lesson. Those words would be very important for me to leave for the future

"The only difference between a saint and a sinner is that every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future" observed Oscar Wilde. He is an Irish poet, novelist, dramatist and critic. As much as I believe in the validity of this quote, he is not the author of the book that I would put on my flash drive for my time capsule and the future. That book, which shares Wilde's understanding, would be by man named Howard Zinn. Zinn, is an historian, playwright, and social activist who wrote a national bestseller called "A People's History of the United States 1492-present. " This book has changed the way I feel about the country that I live in. It has opened my eyes to the reality of our collective past and although parts are hard to swallow because of the hard reality of the things we have done to each other as nation, the book is both disturbing and enlightening. This study would be a perfect fellow time traveler to the music and photos. The lessons this book holds for possible future generation and to me are innumerable and they provide a strong illustration of my need for history to be known and not repeated This is important for the future to know about me.

"A man's errors are his portals of discovery" says James Joyce, Irish novelist (1882-1941). Like all men, my life has been rich with discovery because of the mistakes I have made. Mankind during my time also committed terrible errors. I lived in a time of discovery, and all the things I have left in my time capsule for the future are tangible and intrinsic. I want to freeze this moment and pass it on for years to come I know not what will be. I only know what has passed and that whatever comes will be. If I can leave something that in future time can serve as a reminder of who I was on this earth, then I have only succeeded in doing myself a selfish injustice. If I am able to leave lessons that the world had taught me, such as to be kind, to care for my fellow man, that only through our humanity do we truly reach greatness as a civilization, then I have truly shown who I am and have warranted my time on earth and selflessly tried to pass on the best that is in me and humankind for future generations.