In the essay “Nigger: the meaning of a word” Gloria Naylor discusses the essence of a word and how it can mean different things to different people in a myriad of situations.
Events that contradicted my ideas of the basic fairness of life would eventually be explained, that was what growing up meant to me: at some point I would be seen as worthy enough to be given the key to understanding what was going on.
In a way, reminding me of an exposed, latent paper print in a tray of developer as it slowly “comes to life”, first faintly, somewhat blurry, then quickly emerging to its full range of an pre-visualized by it’s maker image with all it’s needed shades and nuances.
I don't like to admit having lots of anxiety, since I try to live a stress-free life, but it's hard to accept that I'm not completely swept up in it given the current circumstances.
The land and the people and the flag, the land a continent, the people of every race, theflag a symbol of what humanity may aspire to when the wars are over and the barriers aredown: to these each generation must be dedicated and consecrated anew, to defend withlife itself, if need be, but, above all, in friendliness, in hope, in courage, to live for.
Such a crusade for renewed independence will require a succession of inspired leaders,leaders in spirit and in knowledge of the problem, not just men with political power, butmen who are militantly for the distinctive way of life that was America.
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McPherson says of Angelou’s autobiographies, “order out of chaos,” a struggle to relate her personal experience to the general condition of African Americans, so that the individual’s chaotic life is given order through the awareness of being related to the communal experience (Balance 1).
After giving these ideas lots of thought, I have come to my own conclusion that the true meaning of life is far more complex than either of these; far too complex for any human to fully comprehend.
My life's meaning has evolved from the time of my childhood to that of an adult today because of a major event in my life that forced me to realize that the only person who was going to watch over me was me....
For this was the Bible-readinglad come out of wilderness, following a prairie star, filled with wonder at the worldand its Maker, who all his life, boy and man, not only knew the Twenty-third Psalm but,more importantly, knew the Shepherd.