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Sand in a Sieve

  • Date Submitted: 01/12/2012 01:01 PM
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Joseph B. Huerta
Sand in a Sieve
While sand in a sieve passes through and society widens its desires, the few remnants, who seek to fight, flee, or accept, endure in their own way, a world unbeknownst to them. While one may seek to live by standards opposed to the norm of the world, he will find himself, for the majority, walking alone and loathed by the world and his light. As humanity began to advance in all areas of study, in the 20th century, the unsatisfied hearts of men continually overwhelmed anyone’s good efforts. The constant retaliation, bonds of hatred, cycles of war, and generational malice seems to never end. In every triumph of good, evil always multiplied from its losses.
Living in a world where all efforts to shed light are in vain, causes the few remnant, to yearn death over the fight for truth. In the words of hamlet, “To be or not to be..?” is the grand question. To live in the turmoil of wishing to be apart from one’s own wicked desires and try at the same time to change the world or to die to never endure again, but to never find the certainty of the possible impact one could have had on this world. This is the true dilemma for men like Berryman, Hamlet, John the Savage, and Chris McCandless. The choice to be the certainty in the uncertainty meant to men like Hamlet, an undesirable death. Others like, John the savage and McCandless chose to run from their problems and live for themselves. All in all, they all faced death, but it was in how they approached a mortal life that it came to be defined.
Even though darkness seems to resound, as the forces of good do their best to recover a damaged world, some men like Berryman, endure. The witnessing of an increase in unnecessary retaliation, revolution, self-gratification, and moral depravity are just some o f the mere things Berry man witnessed in action. Berryman witnessed war becoming generational through Hitler’s blinded pride that gave way to the persecution of his scapegoats. The...


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