A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Sunday, March 31st, 2019
Chapter Three: Water
The experience of injustice nourishes the rebellious spirit like water soaking the roots of a great tree, feeding the heart of the revolutionary until grows so large and beats so painfully that it bursts, but the experience of injustice could never be enough. The story had to be told, and the narrative reinforced.
Too much water and the organism will die, just enough and it will thrive, it will multiply until the towering tree it becomes a mighty forest, beating with a million hearts, a wall to its opponents protecting those within, more than a wall, a force field, a sheltering spirit that can strike with power at any who approach it.
The experience of injustice is nothing if the story of it is never told. Everything has to be laid out in context. The experience of injustice does not occur in a vacuum, it is always a pattern of behavior, of action and reaction.
No event is isolated, everything is related.
If the experience of injustice cannot be tied to an earlier predicate, then it is merely an accident, it is forgivable. Therefore the first story that is told of it, the first witness must connect to the continuing grievances of the people.
The principle who experienced the injustice, and the witness who observed it, must both see the event in the same light, even if the witness and the principle do not agree on the predicate, they can be drawn together through the power of the narrative.
An argument against the narrative is always an argument in the context of the narrative. And the narrative is all that matters.
All histories have three dimensions; the events as the actually happened, which includes both the intersection of actions and intentions that are the material and formal causes of the events, and the consequences which flow from them; the dimension of perception, how the events are perceived and remembered by those who actually experienced them; and the narrative dimension, the story that is told.
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