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This Middle Earth…

 

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The Ancient Greeks…

White-robed, leather-sandalled,

Studious yet peripatetic…

They pursued a noble notion of religion.

Nature based, gratefully borrowed from the mysterious Egyptians

And equally graciously passed on to their eager followers…

But when the ‘Hoi Poloi’ got wind of God,

Fear entered the arena and religion,

in the Mediterranean, at least, never recovered.

The Human Soul…

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…No mere forest this, but a jungle!

Foolish to venture in alone.

Trackless…

One would be eaten alive.

Far safer to mount an expedition.

An advertisement should suffice…

‘Only the bravest adventurers need apply.’

What, no takers?

Non whatsoever…

In which case, alone, it’ll have to be,

It’s as well you’re the curious sort….

Reverse Psychology…

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First, ‘the act’ was valued for its consequence alone.

The Natural State.

Then, the origin of ‘the act’ was called into question.

“With what intent did ‘the act’ issue forth?”

This inversion can be deemed a first step in self knowledge.

We can see just how far from the Natural State this is…

And the second step?

Another inversion, this time to discover ‘the act’s’ unconscious intent.

Already, the conscious intent has become familiar as an apparel.

But it is seen as a surface only, which reveals some things but conceals more.

This is, ‘intent, as symptom in need of diagnosis’.

“Is there a Physician in the house?”

Herd Instinct…

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Let every man aspire to a Silent Citadel in the sky,

and there live free from the crowd.

Eventually, if he wants to learn about himself,

he will have to climb back down into the throng.

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Once here, what can he hope to glean from the squeals and grunts,

the coughs and splutters,

And all the dark muttering?

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He will need a well tuned ear,

and a steady eye,

to pierce the irony of these cynics.

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Cynicism is that form of expression by which the ‘common man’

finally approaches truth.

 

Amnesia II…

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Spontaneous Internal Combustion.

You may have heard of the phenomenon?

It can now be regarded as the final death-knell for the Theory of Evolution by Natural Selection.

It is hardly likely that any ‘new species’ would simultaneously errupt on the face of the planet like so many hot flushes.

Yet, once a memory is framed, and accepted, it can be true at all times and all places without ‘compunction’.

It also means, that we are born into a past that never happened,

and pass-on into a future that is real.

 

A Simple Soul?…

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Bright.

Free.

Easy…

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Or superficial?

Blissful in ignorance rather than poised,

tight-rope like, upon the very lip of uncertainty…

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We have no words for it,

this ‘traffic jam’ of artifice

which we seem content to pursue.

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Our infinite regress of virtuosity

is no more than a virtual virus.

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Our end?

Yet another blind-bumper away from the real.