But let there be spaces in your togetherness
And let the winds of the heavens dance between you
Love one another but make not a bond of love
let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls”
When you read something that you never thought would take you farther than a human thought, or would put you to the journey of spirits gone rebellious would possibly reproduce your eyes and spirit.
Kahlil Gibran’s Spirits rebellious is a book of more than a treasure having the ozone of its affection and the solemnity of galaxy. Gibran’s writing blizzards the reality of bleeding history that shelters the events of discrimination.
The book refuges three short stories that apiece of them exposes the underground of spirits, and they go as follows.
- The initial one tops the unfair pair where Rashid, the husband, aged 40 has reserved Rose Hanie, a 18 year old as wife. Rashid does all to have a prosperous life with Rose, nonetheless her heart has previously soaked with another young man where she follows her heart with rebellious soul. What a heart wants is the want of God that’s what derives to Rose to lead herself to the stubbornness.
- In the next story it talks about the laws of God and human. Whose law is it to marry a girl of same age? Whose law is it to love someone that you really don’t like but the sake of human laws? And is it obligatory that everything for sake of laws should be equal?
- And finally in third it talks about the freedom of mind, disapproval of what humans are on. It is well described as one of the book’s quote,
“When a man kills another man, the people say he is a murderer, but when the Emir kills him, the Emir is just. When a man robs a monastery, they say he is a thief, but when the Emir robs him of his life, the Emir is honorable. When a woman betrays her husband, they say she is an adulteress, but when the Emir makes her walk naked in the streets and stones her later, the Emir is noble. Shedding of blood is forbidden, but who made it lawful for the Emir? Stealing one’s money is a crime, but taking away one’s life is a noble act.
Betrayal of a husband may be an ugly deed, but stoning of living souls is a beautiful sight. Shall we meet evil with evil and say this is the Law? Shall we fight corruption with greater corruption and say this is the Rule? Shall we conquer crimes with more crimes and say this is Justice? Had not the Emir killed an enemy in his past life? Had he not robbed his weak subjects of money and property? Had he not committed adultery? Was he infallible when he killed the murderer and hanged the thief in the tree?
Who are those who hanged the thief in the tree? Are they angels descended from heaven, or men looting and usurping? Who cut off the murderer’s head? Are they divine prophets, or soldiers shedding blood wherever they go? Who stoned that adulteress? Were they virtuous hermits who came from their monasteries, or humans who loved to commit atrocities with glee, under the protection of ignorant Law? What is Law? Who saw it coming with the sun from the depths of heaven? What human saw the heart of God and found its will or purpose? In what century did the angels walk among the people and preach to them, saying, “Forbid the weak from enjoying life, and kill the outlaws with the sharp edge of the sword, and step upon the sinners with iron feet?”
Gibran’s this masterwork is a need read for those men and women who are involved in Philosophy. In fact Gibran is the much-loved author of excessive works like “The Broken Wings and “The Prophet, and with his this book he takes you to somewhere, where an entrance unfastens the realities. I recommend this to those who are very interested in philosophy.