Divide – Deeply Misunderstood

Just like everyone else at school, I was taught basic maths as a young child. I was taught to add, subtract, multiply and divide. A bit later on, I was taught long division. Now, as a 32 year old without a piece of paper and a pen with which to check, I’m not sure I could write out a long division!

As I got older, the idea of a divide is something with particularly negative connotations. The etymology of the word comes from the Latin “dividere” or “to force apart”. A lot of its synonyms promote much more happy thoughts – attach, maintain, connect, fix, mend.

As one gets older still, long division isn’t the most difficult thing that comes to mind when we think of a divide. Instead, it’s difference of opinion. When two people think differently about a subject, it can cause arguments and breakups. Of course, the reaction to this difference is what’s important.

Some may decide that what was there previously or the goal is simply not worth their effort and in that instance it really does suck. Others, though, may choose to build a bridge over the divide. They can discuss it and work at a solution and become stronger for the discussion and understanding.

And it’s here that I think the word divide has a particularly unfair reputation! Being different is a good thing. It allows exploration of ideas and growth and thoughtfulness and everything else that can sadly be lacking in the intolerant world in which we live where it is simply easier to find someone the same who agrees than promote autonomy of thought and difference as a mechanism to learning.

Obviously once a division is overcome, it ceases to exist. It’s such a martyr and who couldn’t love a thing that puts others’ interests first?!

Dividing things can also be a good thing when it comes to sharing either the fruits of labours, experiences or splitting a workload – we’ve all heard of “divide and conquer”.  Things are always better shared.

So here’s three cheers to a divide used properly.  Let’s reclaim it for positivity and its usefulness, the likes of which has long since diminished with long division now that I have a calculator!

I remembered black skies
The lightning all around me
I remembered each flash
As time began to blur
Like a startling sign
That fate had finally found me
And your voice was all I heard
That I get what I deserve

So give me reason
To prove me wrong
To wash this memory clean
Let the floods cross
The distance in your eyes
Give me reason
To fill this hole
Connect the space between
Let it be enough to reach the truth that lies
Across this new divide

There was nothing in sight
But memories left abandoned
There was nowhere to hide
The ashes fell like snow
And the ground caved in
Between where we were standing
And your voice was all I heard
That I get what I deserve

So give me reason
To prove me wrong
To wash this memory clean
Let the floods cross
The distance in your eyes
Across this new divide

In every loss in every lie
In every truth that you’d deny
And each regret and each goodbye
Was a mistake too great to hide
And your voice was all I heard
That I get what I deserve

So give me reason
To prove me wrong
To wash this memory clean
Let the floods cross
The distance in your eyes
Give me reason
To fill this hole
Connect the space between
Let it be enough to reach the truth that lies
Across this new divide
Across this new divide
Across this new divide

New Divide by Linkin Park

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