Adventures with Ideas: Truth, Beauty, and the Paradoxes of Life.

Open the Door (a poem about why I care about our future)

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I am one, I am many,

I am part of something more

I dream, I wake, I laugh, I cry

I see a door, and I imagine…

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A shift,

A new direction

From hierarchies, pyramids

To systems, patterns, webs

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From unchanging objects

To dynamic relationships

From “ego” to “eco”

Farewell fear, embracing change

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Why do you care?

Confused eyes gaze

What can you do?

Dismissal, a maze

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Life is short,

At least it seems

I’ve never found happiness

In materials and such things

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When I wake

I want to feel alive

Have meaning, have a purpose

A reason not yet to die

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Giving gives more to the giver

I believe this to be true

As time is a gift so

My care for our world too

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When I look and listen

When I feel, I understand

My fellow beings suffer

At the perils of their own hand

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Suicide and depression,

Obsession with the unreal

Status, money, vanity

Unconscious ignorant un-bliss

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Layers of stories

True yet not whole

A leg of the elephant

Much more to learn

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Blind, I am, to those things

I do not wish to see

The systems, the networks

That connect you to me

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The truth may hurt

But the pain will go away

That’s the cycle

Creation, destruction, creation

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The separations, the unity

Each is true

Each has its purpose

As I, and as you

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Without the land,

The oceans and the trees

Species will perish

Humans to bees

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This is why I care

Why I look for change

I want to live on

In many different ways

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What’s through the door?

How to we open it?

I think it’s through LOVE

A love of life: self, other, all.

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Poem written 30 April 2011.

Photo from a Japanese TV show sometime in 2005.

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