Let's Face It: We Are Some Strange Species: Poetry From My 'Prose in Rhymes' Series
Much of human behavior can be explained by watching the wild beasts around us. They are constantly teaching us things about ourselves and the way of the universe. But moist of the people are too blind to watch and to listen.
-- Suzy Kassem
Surprising Roots of Our Noble Traits
We imagine our species as refined and great
so following may look downright insane
but almost every dignified human trait
stems from primitive part of brain.
Romantic love -- so beautiful and divine
has roots at our instinct for procreation
and a need for others normal and fine
nothing but herding evolved to nation.
Prosperity, or amassing the means of surviving
comes from crude fear they may go scarce
so all abundance on which we are thriving
is animal's greed a part of human farce.
Love for the humankind, altruistic as it looks
is herding phenomenon not specie-specific
not jewel of ethics from some holy books
or human monopoly to be called terrific.
No need for tracing back our need for wars
it is so typically inhuman, and bestial trait
the way we settle some primitive scores
may question our ultimate human fate.
And finally patriotism, with all including
upgraded animalistic territorial drive
to protect their habitat from intruding
one that keeps them safe and alive.
Greek philosopher Plato said long ago:
"Man is an animal endowed with mind"
thus, many of our cherished traits we know
are not really stemming from an advanced kind.
Intelligence is called an ability of problem solving
and we are the top shelf in scheme of creation
our complex stupidity took some evolving
and we truly deserve gods' admiration.
Nature is the mother and habitat of man, even if sometimes a stepmother and an unfriendly home.
-- John Dewey
We Are All Eskimos
In the vast land white and frozen
live Eskimo folks their simple lives
polar bear's habitat, also their chosen
where nothing blooms or even thrives.
They know about places of lush vegetation
with flowers and palm trees and short sleeves
but none of those attractions can break habituation
of some ingrained preferences and inherited beliefs.
Doesn't that remind of so many of us chronic losers
having heard of happiness, harmony and peace
but playing some stubborn and bad choosers
opting for a stuckness, as out of caprice.
Our habitatis glass and concrete desert
so we thrive in our own secluded void
with best hunting skills we can exert
enjoying it, but mostly annoyed.
So, we are like Eskimos just in our own way
one kind of desert not making other less lonely
and even when we migrate, then again we stay
soon degrading novelty into a habitat ours only.
The man with insight enough to admit his limitations comes nearest to perfection.
-- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Perfectionist monkey comes to monkey shrink
"Please, tell me, oh doctor, what should I do
something's wrong with how I feel and think
can you advise me or give me some clue.?"
The good shrink wise as monkeys can be
gives this opinion to his messed up client:
"Do more monkeying around on your tree
don't try to imitate people, be more defiant."
"Only people's minds are stuck at one place
so they can't jump from a branch to another
unlike us happy monkeys leaping with grace
they always invent something new to bother."
You've been looking at man as at some god
like wishing to possess his superior brain
but for a monkey this ambition is odd
it's bound to just drive you insane."
"Just be happy with your silly screeching
be who you are, merely a perfect monkey
and forget about all higher human teaching
you can't turn into man more than to a donkey."
Now, perfectionist monkey relieved and happy
made an acrobatic leap up the nearest tall tree
instantly forgetting emotions limiting and crappy
to continue his monkeying around cured and free.
Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's needs, but not every man's greed.
-- Mahatma Gandhi
Our Collective Quantum Screw-ups
On what is known as quantum layer
which is giving all material world its birth
our every single thought is like a prayer
affecting all of us and affecting the Earth.
Like magnet giving metal shavings a shape
so reality shapes with thoughts that persist
and that's a responsibility we can't escape
as we constantly affect the way we coexist.
All anger and hate breed more of the same
because we are always at reality's source
perpetuating grudges, intolerance, blame
we generate destructive quantum force.
Our bodies are just aspect of our mind
a bundle of energy vibrating as a matter
and the same is true about body of mankind
collective thinking making reality worse or better.
Focused on not-wanted while inspired by the news
we create in a vicious cycle what we don't want
so busy emanating massive emotional blues
we are paying for a same result up front.
So we can't activate genes of health
with all this negative mental addiction
focused on conflicts, greed and wealth
we'll always produce nothing but friction.
© 2020 Vladimir Karas