Fearless Reason

Fearless reason in an age of frightened absurdity.

Tag: earth

Naked Earth

Barefeet
Kiss
Naked
Earth.

Walking
Becomes
Devotion.

Each
Step
a Kiss.

Feet
Gently
Held.

Toughened
by Rough
Stones.

Soothed
by Cool
Grass.

Naked
Feet
Kiss
Bare-Earth.

Walking
Becomes
Prayer.

Monuments Built to Ego

All bodies know
they are subject
to  decay.

Yet identity
seeks existence
beyond death.

Endowing
more durable forms
with a sense of self.

Defeating briefly
time’s inevitable
decay.

Monuments
built to ego
scar the land.

Polluting
the water
soil and
air.

Despoiling life
to sustain
life’s illusion.

All beings die
but all identities
fear death.

Remember me
they cry
throughout time.

Remember
the I that was
but can no longer be.

Common Madness

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In the wake of the Paris attacks I have thought a lot about the madmen waging war on humanity. Many have adopted the mantra, do unto others as they do unto you. These warmongers in the West have made bellicose calls for war and vengeance, urging us to meet death with death, and terror with terror. These same voices call us to turn our backs on the refugees fleeing terror, choosing to paint victim and madman alike.

My heart breaks for humanity. My pain is for Paris, the refugees, warmongers, and madmen. We are one people, sharing a common humanity. We are citizens of Earth, and the problems of one are the problems of all. The same evil animates terrorists and right wing warmongers. I see the same lack of empathy and compassion. The same disregard and vilification of other-self. Both possess the erroneous notion that it is ever justifiable to kill, maim, and terrorize others. Both degrade the other to an object or demon, that must be exterminated and wiped from the face of the Earth. Never realizing they make war upon self.

The warmonger and terrorist are twin souls, infected by the same delusions. Neither will be exterminated until the delusion that justifies their behavior dies. War and terror will end when we start treating others as we would have them treat us, and recognize that harm to others is harm to self.

There are madmen among us waging war on humanity. They are terrorists waging jihad, and Western politicians making bellicose calls for war and vengeance. It is a common madness, that will end only when we recognize our selves in others. It will end, when we stop meeting violence and death in kind.