If indeed you observe
If and when it’s time to complain
I must speak for myself
And call out my own name
Maybe it’s time to think?
Maybe it’s time to up my game?
A figure of speech
I’ll just make it plain
How do I grow?
How do I sustain?
What is my motivation?
What is my claim?
Am I a skeptic?
Would you think me lame?
How else can I know?
Unless my ego is tame
This can get complicated
In case study after case study I find
The intellectual and the emotional
In the aggregate are not well defined
That is to say
Does not ensure
Though the two are entangled
Beyond most peoples awareness
Easier to see in others
Because this does not usually scare us
Are we so keen?
As to diagnose another?
Or is this just a pretense?
To place yourself above your brother?
The curious mind turns inward
Attempt to use introspection as a tool
But only the best of us
Will not become the fool
Self discovery is vital
For every human being
But it usually takes others
To guide through the unforeseen
The mind will create
A fiction, a myth, a way to explain
To decipher a reality
That we wish to retain
We have limited ability
The flaws of our reason have surely been told
The errors of our thinking throughout our history
There is much to behold
Some ideas act as a placebo
It makes you feel better if you believe
Yet it remains untrue
It is you that you deceive
Reality is not a subject
That we can all agree
Whether it be ethics
Or whether it be epistemology
The search for a universal
The search of a collectivity
May not ever be realized
If only in the shadow of clarity
Common sense is not common
Our logic will often betray
Our better sense of judgement
A logical argument in decay
The political academics
Argue over political philosophy
This is precisely why the constitution was born
To stifle any attempt with tyranny
What does the mind do
When we take a mental selfie
Not far from a picture we change
Sending out our improved image with technology
So like the image
So like the thought
The mind will make adjustments
More often than not
The idealized ego over time
Will now become the standard
Just who do we kid?
When we become the pandered?
You cannot bargain with truth
There is no negotiation
Only what is
No sophist pseudo-narration
Too many people are lost in words
Our language begets confusion
The argument now before them
Seduces their conclusion
Chuang Tzu from a butterfly
Awakening from a dream
Now I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly, dreaming I am a man
What can we really say?
If indeed we can?
If you are depressed you are living in the past. Lao Tzu
If you are anxious you are living in the future.
If you are at peace you are living in the present.
Where do we focus our attention?
Events that happen in the past?
Not attending to the moment
Reliving something we cannot change leaves us aghast
To try and predict the future
Always in a state of suspense
A misguided focus
Always living in self-defense
To live in the now
As there is no other choice
Releases our only freedom
Given to our inner voice
If you tell me your opinion
The first thing I will do
Is consider your past behavior
To interpret this spoken view
There are countless ideas
Put into practice there are only a few
Do you live up to what you purport?
The logic of the evidence is only up to you
Before you rain comment
Deliberating what you think is due
Start first by looking within
Are you consistent in what you think as true?
The mind can distort our experience
On what we may purview
If you argue in moral dialogue
Are you impervious to critical review?
A superior intelect
Will always question what they construe
To live by what they say
Remains to be tested on what will ensue
It’s a bitter pill to swallow
My Johari window is open for me to see
A glimpse of my reality
What are the chances I will change how I’ll be?
It’s hard to perceive your self correctly
In the shadow of your own ego
The defenses we erect to protect us
Are hidden deep and will seldom ever show
Personal objectivity is a utopian concept
Yet it is still a celebrated goal
It takes great effort and great discipline
For us to master the soul
The commoner or the sage
All have fortuitous opportunities
Align with what you value
Align with no disunities
Authenticity carries heavy weight
How we act is subject to review
To improve upon your character
Is clearly something we should pursue
Be thankful for your blessings
It does not matter who you are
The further we distance ourselves from happiness
The less we notice just indeed how far
A captive trance
Will take over our perception
It deceptively steals our senses
A rational mind is now in defection
Too often our hearts and minds stray
Too often we focus on our hurt
Why not rejoice for the positive?
Why do we not avert?
It is not our natural behavior
Therefore I think it is learned
If we put this into practice
Than the court of suffering is now adjourned
The foundation of trust
Lies in our honesty
Not only on the personal level
But in all of society
Truth permeates culture
Despite all of our reasons to lie
If you never ask the questions
You will never know why
The laws of man
Were meant to be applied
Equally for everyone
But only a free moral people can decide
The problem with the laws of man
The endless division to reconcile
The minds of men are compromised
The same minds that are used in the trial
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