We look at each other
The differences are all we see
No reason to find common ground
In resistance you rarely agree
Our sources of information
Compromised beyond trust
Yet little do we realize
We are unwilling to adjust
We stop questioning our beliefs
We don’t put our reasoning to test
Much easier to criticize another point of view
Than to examine our own by request
If we distillate what we both value
Chances are we are likely to see
A vanishing objection of reason
And it is only in policy that which we disagree
We need to have a conversation
One that reduces our political doubt
It seems our reliance on any media bias’
Only drives our willingness to shout out
We must strip away the narrative commentary
Discuss the ideas’ logical construction
And dismiss all of the fallacies
By simple logical deduction
If we use any sources for reference
We should cite each source
Noting which ones we reject
And which ones we endorse
I tire of all of the rhetoric
The sophistry that we spew
Who here is not guilty?
Who here will admit there are very few?
We seem to be polarized
As evidenced by the social media rant
I wonder who will rise above the hyperbole?
I wonder about those who can’t
Have we lost our minds?
Trying to prove our political expertise
In truth it lies in the study of human behavior
And in the study of logic but with no guarantees
Visualize the triumph
Discontinue behaviors that do not work
Identify what fails us
Elst we stay in the cirque
Repetitive bad habits
No matter how we justify
Locks up our will
Because we tell ourselves these lies
Precisely what master gives us liberation
Is the same master that enslaves our mind
To see this duality
A gift of sight to the blind
You can build an intellect
Upon which you shall discern
The merit of a liberal education
Applied to that of which you shall learn
When you place yourself above others
Citing knowledge and facts you claim you know
Setting yourself up as authority
Isn’t it sad that this is what the braggart must show
Social media as an echo chamber
Test the water with politicized debate
But if you never look at critical evidence
You will only achieve a stalemate
What is morally reprehensible
Using ad hominem to attack
Belittling any opposition
Wrongly deposing any rendering of fact
When moral turpitude is not taken into account
Your only attempt is to try and school
You miss the forest for the trees
Does not the braggart remain the fool?
The key of captivity
Lies in the ability of the mind
Break the cycle of learned helplessness
Your freedom you will find
The fundamentals of illusion
Breed attachment and pain
When trapped in the problem
The solution we search for is in vain
Become the escape artist
Study the trap you are in
Visualize the possibilities
Become the Houdini and begin
The levels and degrees of servitude
We levy or subjugate
We mold our reality
Much of what we create
What is the sound of one hand clapping?
Teacher enticing student to see
Constructs in our minds
Can also be just folly
The statement below is false
The statement above is true
A liars paradox
The duck or the rabbit?
Wittgenstein would ask
Which will give way?
Which one will last?
The Zen koan, the Greek paradox, and Wittgenstein
All demonstrate a vantage point to see
Problems of human reasoning
All contingent on how we will be
I wanted to think clearly
A time I was less confused
Some moments I see vividly
Whereas others I have excused
The trouble with my memory
I’m not sure if I have the right take
What were the predisposed factors?
What are the presumptions we make?
Fill in parts of what we know now
File away under a current change of view
How will I ever really know?
There is no one else to interview
Is it really worth the effort?
Will my reality be forever changed?
Will I become more self-aware?
Or will I always be estranged?
I try not to confabulate
I try to sift out erroneous thought
This is important for me
I try hard not to be lost
My faith has been tested
My eyes have received confirmation
My soul is not for sale
My truth is my salvation
I take on my obstacles
I take them as they come
I learn from my mistakes
I modify my thinking to correctly plumb
Why do I fail?
Why is the question to ask
Why do I repeat?
Why is put to task
Clarify what is rubbish
Clarify the path I am on
Clarify what is good
Clarify what is wrong
Verify what is working
Simplify erroneous measures
Verify what is most important
Rectify misleading pleasures
The quicksand of the soul
Siddhartha mustered this insight
So many, many years ago
How do I know?
How do I relate?
Do I make this up?
Do I confabulate?
How many paths?
How many ways?
We can seduce ourselves
Clinging to this fantasy gaze
Fear not my compatriots
The wisdom comes from age
Tempered in the forge of reality
Allow the mind to disengage
There are times when we wake
From a trance like sleep
Giving in to an inner voice
Making promises we can’t keep
It is precisely in this time
We should vindicate our aspiration
Acknowledging a conflict building
Within this mindful vexation
Become clear about what is important
Clarify this in your deeds
Do not let unworthy influence
Give council that often misleads
A possible world is outside for the taking
The limits we impose
Internal or external
We ourselves must dispose
The problems we face
Much of what we choose
The valuable lessons we learn
Even when we lose
Pure of heart
Stillness of mind
Open the doors of opportunity
Close the misfortunate ones behind
We are creatures of habit
What we think and what we do
The cycle of our mistakes
Are often not thought through
The expectation is repeated
An outcome is skewed in this way
The beliefs we give into
The beliefs we betray
The family of humanity
Sisters and brothers of the misbegotten
Remember to care for the heart
And that what is most forgotten
Of this I can tell you
Put life into the possibility you see
Consider what is positive
Consider what is folly