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Desiderata

Did you know that
Every idea you have
Is simply that? An idea
Encrusted with memories,
Associations, contexts;
That somewhere in the world
There is someone holding
And defending with his life
Exactly the opposite idea?
That human truth is local?
That God is oblivious of all
And dispersed in the machine?
Hunger, thirst, pain,
Wakefulness, sleep, birth,
Pleasure and death-
These are the only realities
Defensible as pertinent to all.
Anyone who tries to tell you elsewise is
a lovely, well-intentioned fool.

Submitted: Sunday, April 21, 2013
Edited: Sunday, April 28, 2013


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