Mark Twain and Helen Keller, what a pair, Mark Twain and Helen Keller friends who helped one another, both Authors with extremely different political views, yet Twain was instrumental in Helen’s education, as he introduced her to one of the most prominent citizens of the time who became Helens Educational Financier, following and praising her accomplishments for overcoming all that the world had dealt her.
Twain being conservative and Keller much more Socialist, even writing socialist position, for her day and age, made an amazing team, and both changed our point of view with there hearts in one way or another no doubt, you cannot read either of these great authors and not find a smile somewhere in your being, weather it be in your soul, heart or thinking.
Mark Twain, Born in my home state at Florida, Mo April 21, 1836 and one of the first field trips I had gone on to see the home where he was born, I was fascinated, my first big picture of the possibilities of life, someone who escaped a small town and saw the world. Someone who spoke to the world with words on the page, and perhaps had less to say in person as a result.
Helen Keller June 27, 1880 the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. Her life was the result of another person who believed Helen could be reached: The miracle worker of course was Anne Sullivan, who was able to communicate with Helen, their relationship was 49 years long, and as a result the world now, and forever the possibilities of those with disabilities had a future.
Mark Twain had introduced her to Standard Oil Magnate Henry Huttleston Rogers, who with his wife Abbie, paid for her education. In 1904 graduated from Radcliffe, proof of the power that belief in one another creates. And it still works today. Helens optimism and gratefulness was the heart of who she was, she was thankful for her abilities that she did possess and she did not fuss about what she did not.
I think it can be easily said that both Keller and Twain had great curiosity about the imagination and the ability of the human being because of it, they were both great visionary’s way before it was a popular technique of creating success. There words on the page have only changed slightly in the language of the past, but their impactful ness is hug on anyone who takes the time to read and hear within their hear the messages they offer.
“Twain said, I have a religion— but you will call it blasphemy” he wrote in a letter in 1865 he admitted that there is a God for the rich man but none for the poor…Perhaps your religion will sustain you, will feed you— I place no dependence in mine. Our religions are alike, though, in one respect__neither can make a man happy when he is out of luck.” In 1867 Twain went to the holy land , creating Twain’s Journey to Jerusalem: Dreamland. Twain’s life long affair with God was somewhat jilted due to the cards he was dealt this side of heaven no doubt. He saw Jereselum as a sort of theme park. And yet he found the site of the crucifixion meaningful.
Helen Keller claimed to always know God even before she knew words, is a letter to Bishop Brooks God had no name for her, nothing did, She had no concept of a name, but she knew she was not alone, it is interesting to me that the dulled senses of Keller knew and recognized a power greater than herself, and Twain one of the greatest conscious minds of the time struggled so. I have often been with Twain.
And Helen Keller when she received the gift of language and heard about God, She said she already knew.
Both Authors were grateful, Saw the world from different views, and never allowed their differences to distract their purpose, principle defiantly overcame personality.
I suppose the message is, we all have a personal journey to take, and how we take it will ultimately be up to us.