1 (a): having particles that easily move and change their relative position without a separation of the mass and that easily yield to pressure : capable of flowing; (b): subject to change or movement
2: characterized by or employing a smooth easy style
3 (a): available for various uses; (b): liquid
Fluid (adj.): early 15th century, “liquid, capable of flowing,” from Middle French fluide (14th century) and directly from Latin fluidus “fluid, flowing, moist,” from fluere “to flow” (related to: fluent). Figurative use, of non-material things, “not fixed or rigid,” from 1640s.
"The very ink with which history is written is merely fluid prejudice."
Mark Twain (1835-1910, adventurer and wily intellectual, who wrote the classic American novels "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" and "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn")
“Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way round or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves. Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water my friend.”
Bruce Lee (1940-1973, martial artist, movie star, and cultural icon)
“There are two kinds of people. One kind, you can just tell by looking at them at what point they congealed into their final selves. It might be a very nice self, but you know you can expect no more suprises from it. Whereas, the other kind keep moving, changing... They are fluid. They keep moving forward and making new trysts with life, and the motion of it keeps them young. In my opinion, they are the only people who are still alive. You must be constantly on your guard against congealing.”
Gail Godwin (b. 1937, American author and short story writer)
"Male and female represent the two sides of the great radical dualism. But in fact they are perpetually passing into one another. Fluid hardens to solid, solid rushes to fluid. There is no wholly masculine man, no purely feminine woman."
Margaret Fuller (1810 – 1850, Sarah Margaret Fuller Ossola, American journalist, critic, women's rights advocate associated with the American transcendentalism movement, the first female book reviewer in journalism, best known for book, "Woman in the Nineteenth Century" is considered the first major feminist work in the United States)
"I have a personal prosperity plan. I know where my money goes, and how I can spend it more fruitfully. A prosperity plan is something fluid that may alter month to month."
Julia B. Cameron ((b. 1948, American teacher, author, artist, poet, playwright, novelist, filmmaker, composer, and journalist; best known her book, "The Artist's Way)
“The very ink with which history is written is merely fluid prejudice.”
History is always from a point of view, from someone’s particular perspective, but very rarely is it written from the bottom up, but rather from the top down. It’s aways fluid, constantly changing depending on who has the power and the interest to write the books.
In the past, the “master narrative” (as Toni Morrison once coined) was dominated by white men. Very rarely was information presented from women or ethnic minorities.
Wouldn’t it be interesting if we had histories books written from many different perspectives representing our diverse cultures? We may get there, and when we do we will have a wider view of our worlds and our evolutionary processes.
History is not only fluid on a linear horizontal line; but rather, as Albert Einstein has suggested, on a vertical line where the past, present, and future aligns. The more information we uncover the more we are able to heal. The more we are able to heal of our past, the more our consciousness will evolve.
Continue to flow like water, sojourners, and continue to stay awake to where history has taken and the future will takes us!