I was reading an article today on literature and I came across a cited quote in it taken from the popular novel ‘Guns of August’. I read the quote more than once because I felt like I could understand the thoughtful meaning of it. Though it was written in very easy and simple words, it held a deep significance to it. I would share the quote here for others to read:

——–Kennedy had just read Barbara Tuchman’s ”Guns of August” and saw how the leaders of great nations could sleepwalk into a pointless and awful war. Khrushchev, thinking like a game theorist, wrote to Kennedy:

”You and I should not now pull on the ends of the rope in which you have tied a knot of war, because the harder you and I pull, the tighter this knot will become. And a time may come when this knot is tied so tight that the person who tied it is no longer capable of untying it, and then the knot will have to be cut.”———–

I think it is a good lesson worth keeping in mind while we sail through our journey of life. We often hold on things in our heart that lead through bitterness to termination of a relationship/ advancement to the next stages of anything. It can be sadness caused by humiliation, ignorance, lack of love, care, etc. We can avoid all of these by reaching a mutual understanding. When we can understand the ultimate purpose and work on serving it right, we can actually overcome all our obstacles during the course of its establishment. The problem with human beings is that we are too emotional and we do not want to think of others without having first secured our own benefits. We get hurt too easily and, without realization, we can hurt others too easily, too. Life does not get easy for anyone in this world, if it does, you have been lucky for only a matter of time. No man ever lived a life without having experienced both sides of the coin. Having read this dialogue, it makes me realize that we should be able to let go of things when it is the right time, without giving way to further conflict. And that is where intelligence lies, that is where mutual benefit gets ensured.

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