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The Directive of Self

Updated on February 16, 2012
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The Directive of Self

By Tony DeLorger © 2012


Awareness may distinguish between us and animals,

yet we remain animals, with a penchant for self.

Consciousness serves us to exert our will for preserving the self,

an undeniable motivation for survival,

and often the depths of darkness that arises as a result.

However righteous we claim to be,

all we do and say and think,

is for the gratification and continued existence of the self.

We care, we invest and we become attentive,

all for the good and complicity of maintaining the self.

Within life there is but one instance the self is cast aside,

and that is within the ideals of love.

In that moment, in that state of selfless emotion and action,

the self ceases to be the sole benefactor of life,

and creates an entity apart from the motivation of self,

and embraces an external focus in thought, support and action.

But in truth, even love is driven by the needs of self,

the gain of contentment, emotional balance and pleasure.

It is the expression of love in its selfless course

that abandons the need to address the self first,

and in that action we become broader in viewpoint

and more attuned to the natural flow of life,

with which we are a part.

Within nature there is sharing,

that we humans find difficult to master.

The natural perspective is balance for survival

and continuing life,

afforded to all life within the bounds of natural laws.

When the self is the sole directive,

there can be no harmony and no real contentment,

just the struggle of contentious life and conflict.

This is the human reality.


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    • Phyllis Doyle profile image

      Phyllis Doyle Burns 

      6 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Thank you, Tony.

    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Hi Phyllis. The best way for you is through an international bookshop. Here is a the address-

      www.digitalprintaustralia.com/bookstore.html

      Search catagory and by my name.

      Take care

    • Phyllis Doyle profile image

      Phyllis Doyle Burns 

      6 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Where can I purchase your books?

    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thank you Phyllis. I currently have two published books of poetry, but since joining HubPages have been collecting, with hope of publishing a book on love and perhaps another more general book. At present I have nearly six hundred pages of unpublished work. I should perhaps get myself into gear. Take care.

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      iamaudraleigh 

      6 years ago

      Ypu are welcome Tony!

    • Phyllis Doyle profile image

      Phyllis Doyle Burns 

      6 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Tony, have you published your poems on self and love? I sure hope you do if you have not already done so. Human reality, love, and thoughts on life seem to come so easy for you. I shared 'Cascade' on FB and Twitter and will do the same with this one.

      I so love your poetry!

    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks again ImKarn, glad you agree. Thanks for your comment.

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      Karen Silverman 

      6 years ago

      That IS the human reality! Awesome and so true! We humans need to get a grip! voting upandawesome!

    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks Audra, glad you enjoyed it. Hope I can continue to please. Thanks for following...there's alot of choice in reading.

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      iamaudraleigh 

      6 years ago

      What a Spectacular poem!!! Voted up!!

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