People Needing People

I wanted to say something about the terrible events in Charlottesville this weekend, but I didn’t know how. I feel like I don’t know enough. Like most of you, all of my information is filtered through the media. This is what I came up with. This is a retelling of a story, it’s not mine. And it can be widely applied.

A band of travelers  set out to cross the desert. Strangers who had nothing in common but their desire to reach a city across the sand, they each carried their own provisions. Not long after they set out, a terrible dust storm arose, darkening the sky and burying the path in silt and debris. Many turned back. Some hunkered down to wait out the storm. A few carried on. They became separated, lost. But two of the group were fortunate and stumbled upon an inn. There they found rest, shelter, food, and water while the storm raged on.

The next day, one of the travelers set out for the city alone. But the storm blew around him, and he was forced to dig a shelter. There a band of thieves found him. They took his supplies and left him without food or water.

The second traveler was also in a hurry to reach the city, but he remembered the others in the desert behind him. He worried they would run out of water and get lost, so he set out to find them. Eventually, he was able to help them to the inn. The wind still blew and clouds obscured the sun. The road still wound through the sometimes deep sand, and thieves were still in the hills. But this time the traveler was not alone. The group was large. When sand blocked the way, work parties were organized to remove it. When some faltered, the strong shouldered the burdens of the weak. When night came, there were watchmen to man the watch. After many days, the second man and his friends arrived safely at their destination.

When they arrived at the city, they gathered around the second traveler and said, “We could not have come to this place without you. What can we do to repay you?”

And the second man replied,  “I have not brought you to this place, we have brought one another.”

This reminds me of the connection between a storyteller and a reader. We often don’t know each other, and yet the storyteller is, essentially, offering to take the reader on a journey. Sometimes we may think we know the destination, but always the reader has to learn to trust the storyteller and the storyteller has to earn the trust of the reader. They need each other. 

This story can also be related to the Indie community. Or any community, family, marriage, classroom, country. People need people. It’s not enough to simply not cause harm, if we’re in a position to do so, we should also help. And not just because it’s good for the helpless–it’s also good, if not necessary, for the helper.

As Ecclesiastes tells us:

Ecclesiastes tells us: ¶ Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour.

10 For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.

11 Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone?

King James Version, Ecclesiastes 4:9-11

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3 Responses to People Needing People

  1. I wish people would learn to think before they act (and yes, I’m as guilty of it as the next person) and then half of the terrible things that happen in our world would stop. We’re an impulse society, whether it be buying or relationships, or acts of violence. A few deep breaths would go a long way to finding a peaceful solution.

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  2. E. Ayers says:

    A friend was telling me that one of the Confederate soldiers that was dumped in red paint actually switched sides at some point and was a General in the Yankee army. Okay, I didn’t know that. I’m sure the protesters didn’t know that, and maybe in the future, they need to do a history check before they decide who is the bad guy and who is the good guy.

    The North had slaves, just not as many. Lee freed his well before the war ever started. And one of the major generals from the North didn’t free his slaves until after the war ended when he had so much pressure put on him by friends that he was forced to do so. The history of that war is convoluted and hidden in secrecy because both sides are ashamed of the things that happened. And so they should be!

    Slavery was not new to the United States. It had existed almost forever. But most of the top political men, land owners, and businessmen for both the North and the South knew that slavery was wrong. But they also had no idea how to stop it. The Civil War in a backhanded way did manage to put and end to slavery as we knew it, but it still didn’t correct the situation. One of the bloodiest battles came after the Civil War had ended and it took place in the North. Seems no one liked anyone who wasn’t like them.
    😦

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  3. leighmorgan1 says:

    Kristy, I love the part about writer and reading being a part of a whole. The journey certainly does matter and when we can help one another along the way, life becomes better for all of us.

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