If you want to become an immortal, write for the future generations.
As usual, I shared a short piece on Facebook, and a friend remarked that I wrote like Khalil Gibran. In his words, “Sincerely, I love reading from you. You write like Khalil Gibran.”
At first glance, it seemed like a heartfelt comment from a genuine reader. But on a deeper level, I saw beyond the comment. I saw the power of written words, the legacy of written letters.
I went ahead to read up on Khalil Gibran. I had never heard of him, and I realised he was a man of letters. In addition to being a writer and visual artist, he was also a poet. We have things in common. He was even described as a philosopher, but he rejected the offer.
So, while thinking about this man, I caught the hint about the legacy of letters. If the man above had not penned his thoughts and shared them with the world, no one would know him today. Perhaps he would have veered off into a different assignment.
Just as every other writer whose legacies we feed on today, Khalil heeded the call of purpose. And I must say that the people who lived during his time must have enjoyed the feast of his wisdom.
Writing is the most veritable means of preserving our thoughts. The books we read today are efforts of individuals who deemed it fit to preserve their thoughts via writing.
A world without books is a world devoid of wisdom. Hence, we must devote our time to garnering knowledge from sages who bequeathed us with the legacy of written letters. Rather than keep their musings to themselves, they selflessly shared them with you and me.
Before my pen takes a nap, ponder upon these words by Khalil Gibran: “Words are timeless. You should utter them or write them with a knowledge of their timelessness.”
The next time you read a text, appreciate the author—dead or alive—who left humanity with an ageless legacy.
Wriiten by Abimbola Abatta