Books, not Weapons

Books, not Weapons

They become victorious for the people they have helped to loose, the decisions they have made, the courage they have shown but being victorious in the war has a price to pay, irrevocable. You can’t take a memory back from a person, even if they managed to lose their memory; their imaginations would still haunt as deep down their subconscious mind they would still know who they are and who they were….

Close your eyes for an instance and you can very well see your past, you can’t change your past or the time you have spent as you have lived through all. That is why decoration with medals is not going to give your life back. The more you know, more experiences doesn’t make it easy rather than it makes its worse.

Arms and ammunition kills and frees from the misery but the experiences of war kills every day. It makes you cherish every day through the life. You may forget that you can’t walk anymore, you may forget you can’t use your right hand, you may forget the scars on your face but you can never forget war.

Life at war is never easy and only the ones who survived through it can understand. Soldiers are taught to fight but the actual combat starts after war which you are not even trained for. They rely on their weapons, leaders, comrades, God, luck in the war but here they rely on themselves to beat the horrors, they have seen hell, heaven, they have felt the mixed emotions of hope, despair, courage, victory, defeat, scared.

We never needed a weapon at all when we were born. Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, and the hopes of its children.

This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron. That is why knowledge is a better weapon than a sword as books cannot be killed by fire. People die, but books never die. No man and no force can abolish memory… that is why books are weapons. And it is a part of your dedication always to make them weapons for man’s freedom.

So whenever a soldier needed an escape, the antidote to anxiety, relief from boredom, a bit of laughter, inspiration, or hope, he cracked open a book and drank in the words that would transport him elsewhere. I am not a supporter of banning books; but like poison, some books should be kept away from simple minds who can’t take in the strong content they provide.

They can be more destructive than any lethal weapon as it ignites the imagination. That is why some books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labelled ‘This could change your life.’ The only sure weapon against bad ideas is better ideas. The source of better ideas is wisdom. And the surest path to wisdom is a liberal education which could only be obtained through reading.

Some read to remember the home they had left behind, others to forget the hell that surrounded them. That’s why books uplift the weary souls and energize minds…books has the power to soothe an aching heart, renew hope for the future, and provide a respite when there was no other escape.

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