“Summer grasses: all that remains of great soldiers’ imperial dreams.”
A quote about transience. Even the seemingly important struggles of a civil or international war, and the millions of lives lost in battle, are no match for time, nature, and the inevitability of impermanence. Soldiers and generals may want to conquer land to expand their territories, but weeks, years, or ions later, only cheery summer grasses remain where blood was shed.
We can learn many bits of wisdom from this short quote. Thoughts and desires that seem important may not really be that important in the grand scheme of things. This doesn’t mean we should drop all of our goals and dreams, we just need to be mindful of our goals. What is it that we are actually trying to accomplish? Do we even need to try to accomplish anything?
The answer is yes. And no. We should not let our egos get in the way, and crush or destroy lives in the wake of what we though was the most important thing ever; our desires and personal accomplishments. However, we need to be ourselves, and be great at being ourselves. There is nothing wrong with the pursuit of excellence, as long as it does not impede or infringe on others’ rights or their pursuit for excellence.
This quote also makes us think of these cycles. Perhaps the carefree, beautiful summer grasses we enjoy in our own backyards were once the location and the result of past battles for freedom or independence. These bloody battles which seem so horrible may be the reason most of us enjoy such freedom today.
With that said, many of us have battles inside of our minds. We must look inward towards ourselves as much as we look outwards to end struggles and achieve goals. We can quickly settle these battles knowing that half of them are futile, they either don’t advance society as a whole, or don’t advance our own goals. What’s left probably won’t matter in 1000 years from now. Do what is right for you and your family or friends, for yourself, as nothing else really matters. What is right is up to you.