Tuesday, 6 November 2012

My Blog Quote (and first post of 7th grade!)

Hello readers...
Well, a new year has started, which means new blog assignments (yay)!
With a new year (7th grade) comes a new blog title...in my case, a quote by Pablo Neruda. Here I'll explain why I chose it...

"You can cut all the flowers, but you cannot keep Spring from coming." -Pablo Neruda

I love this quote. I think it hints at something that is very important and also, very true.
This quote is directed at dictators, at oppressors, at people who try to control. It uses a metaphor to mean that while you can kill people, torture them or take away their freedom ('cut all the flowers'), you cannot stop the rebellion in its whole, and you cannot extinguish human spirit or hope.

This topic is also important to me. I understand why some governments want to have a controlled country, but people need to have freedom of speech and thought, freedom to live their lives the way they want, and freedom to be who they are. If you aren't able to say what's on your mind and be yourself, that's no fit life for a human being. It is our human right to be who we are and be accepted– under any circumstances, we should not be oppressed, especially for our opinions.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states in Article 19:
"Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers."

This quote by Pablo Neruda shows that oppressors underestimate human spirit. The oppressors think that they can control, master and dominate the people– and those who oppose them will be 'cut', as the quote says. However, they underestimate the fighting spirit of humans and most importantly, hope. It has been displayed in many stories and in real life– when you oppress, or strip people of their freedom, they fight back. The more 'flowers' you 'cut', the more the fire of rebellion spreads. The people will fight, they will fight until they get their freedom back. Hope and willpower will never die. No matter how long it takes, human hope will always be there.

After all, the more flowers you cut, the more seeds you spread, isn't that right?

Most of all, this quote means that hope will never die. You cannot stop the seasons, just as you cannot stop the power of good fighting injustice. No matter how many people die in the process, spring will always rise.

I chose this painting, "The Battle of San Romano" by Paulo Uccello, because it shows the fight of rebellion. I think it is a good representation of battle and how people are forced to choose sides.


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  2. Emma - I came upon this page when I searched for that Neruda quote. You were amazingly insightful in 7th grade. I see that was in 2012 which means that by now you are likely one of the many students rising up, helping to put the crazy old people in their place. Spring is rising and it's your generation that's bringing it. Thank you!