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The Pages of History

Updated: Sep 29, 2023

The ripe, slender tree of idealism and its firmly rooted idea still reap of the damages sown by history.

The Pages of History; Writer: Chris Handrahan; Feb 25, 2023, MST; Stitched Ink Media


To self-publish is to encounter the likelihood of using paper for books. Paper and books have a long, associated history. The histories of humanity, in all facets and arrangements, have been recorded to its pages. It has established itself as a correlated, symbiotic tradition without overreaching the bounds of its readership and the temporally limiting influence to reach readers with the capacity to translate the symbology of its words.

Books have the origin of language in commonness with an ancient world. They tell of it in volumes. Books were once fiercely protected by libraries, networks of used booksellers and avid, watchful readers as a thinly distended dispersal of time and the peak of an ideality in importance.

In a world of ambitiously monetized carbon, the urgency for change is felt to resist a global thrill and race to the finish. Currently, book banning is a popular method of trying to save the forests and the environments from the world’s authors as a resistance to this fidelity to carbon.

Mind-set approaches to change or, more generally, its resistance or denialism to change as a cause to rise to, can be effective activism yet, in the case of books, highly limited in scale sufficient to saving the world from the broader perpetrators of this carbon proliferation.

In the scavenges and elitist trades of bites of information, as one jigsaw piece of a missing whole held firmly in grasp, or the mere page of an otherwise meaningless, thick volume, is the identified purpose of trite perversion.

The challenge of a mentality – as the chosen stand of all stands to take from a wide spectrum of urgent challenges – to provoke, for blatant political gain, against an entirety of a world’s history and future is a brave one.

Books are a minority in the plots of world histories, and its unwitting, talented challenger due a persuasive resistance to this indoctrination by censorship beyond its worded usefulness.

Books do have a proper advantage.

In the backroom schemes of global destructions, books make for easy political targeting. As a minor character, the suspicious, telling, slow underhand of political influence and sidedness gleams from behind this enabled resistance.

It’s the favored prey of the political mindset, the delicious and impossible to resist minority in all its kinds and incarnations.

A sighted, niche-held target of value.

Artful with its gall, its artists are the proud messengers of past gall enacted to its fringes and beyond to newer fringes for its proper sustenance and the easy prey quenching to a pride.

The ripe, slender tree of idealism and its firmly rooted idea still reap of the damages sown by history.

The thing which must be protected from, the idealism of a single paged certainty, is the idea disentangled from the vaster world of ideas giving it meaning. Alone and shaded, the idea, alongside the feeling of ideality from the idea, ceases to exist in any context of reality. It becomes a mere object. A nothingness held as resolve and illusory pridefulness.

Book banning is the burning of forests for adrenaline, and thrilled release – its smoky signatures encircling a world in elongated embraces – while laying waste to the landscape of newer solutions and the rescinding of advancement.

It is easy enough to argue in counterargument: read and make more books before they burn as the forest and jungle.

Just be quick about it.

As for book banning, there must be better ways of saving the environment from humanity and humanity from itself. For this to occur beyond an ideality, as with the idea, the page isn’t enough.

To find and measure a perspective, the whole, unadulterated book is important to be read.


This post is written in recognition of Freedom to Read week in Canada.

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