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Selfless Selfishness

Updated on June 19, 2013

I want you to see it

I want you to choke it down as I have

I want you to rest and digest

I want you to vomit; I want you to heave as you never have, as I have

I want you to embrace what your winces dispel

I want you to envelope it in your senses

I want you to scrutinize it for indications of integrity

I want you to extrapolate it with love as I have

I want you to then pretend it deserves your attention

I want you to resist the urge to crush it into dust

And then I want you to let it fall intact

I want you to mourn the demise of your illusion as I have

And then I want you to release it as a scent in a gale

Now I want you to breath deep and live

Thank You and You Are Welcome


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      RodneyBlaec Rainey 4 years ago from Louisville, KY

      I see the notion that human beings are naturally independent to be a gross fallacy that helps to perpetuate divisions in our species. This in turn exacerbates, complicates and even creates problems that just wouldn’t exist if we realized we were in fact an interdependent species.

      Think of friends and family: It makes me happy for them to be happy so, in a way my selfless acts are selfish. This is how a collectivistic world could be. Your health and happiness = my health and happiness.

      “By our nature as ecological beings, we are helplessly dependent on other beings to survive, to thrive, even to exist. In the heyday of the age of science, we thought it human destiny to become independent of all other beings: we aspired to a wholly artificial world in which even food would be synthesized, the flesh transcended, and death overcome. No longer. We are learning, painfully, our utter dependency on the rest of nature.” - Charles Eisenstein

      This poem is an expression of the angst I feel when people choose not see how magnificent the world could be if we would just realize that we need each other.

      Thank You for reading, have a wonderful day.

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      Kathi 4 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Interesting, raw and not sure I understand, but would like to... loved the Alan Watts clip!

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      RodneyBlaec Rainey 5 years ago from Louisville, KY

      Thank You bravewarrior. When we see ourselves as one, selfishness is selfless.

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      Shauna L Bowling 5 years ago from Central Florida

      The next to last line puts is all into perspective. "Now I want you to breathe deep and live". You certainly have a way with words, Rod!

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      RodneyBlaec Rainey 5 years ago from Louisville, KY

      Thank You!

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      bizarrett81 5 years ago from Maine

      Interesting and raw, beautifully written.... Voted up and awesome

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      RodneyBlaec Rainey 5 years ago from Louisville, KY

      Thank you.

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      Eric Dierker 5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Very interesting. It will stick with me through the day.