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The Novice

Updated on August 28, 2013
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The Novice

By Tony DeLorger © 2012

Who are we if not students of life,

the novice inductees scrambling for a front seat.

Yet so often are we oblivious to the blatant words of truth,

the evidence handed none too subtly to us in recompense,

for our frivolous, thoughtless actions.

Perhaps our arrogance is a chosen facade,

a pretentious denial of ineptitude,

and a pointed example of our disconnection with life,

our irreverent inner child and lack of respect,

for the miracle of life given.

Anyway, we are ignorant and indeed a novice

in all aspects of this, our creation.

We sit all enthused at the front of the class,

to accept experience and to acknowledge the pleasures granted us,

yet seek not to learn the lessons of our folly,

the path of our misunderstandings,

and the redemption necessary to grasp balance.

We are self-absorbed beings,

our vision based on how life affects us, good or bad,

all the time judging the process,

and rejecting the balance for the path of least resistance,

accepting blame as a justification.

We are the novices in life,

invariably below most forms of life

who live in peace and harmony within their world,

all the time without consideration, doubt

or any other manifestation of self-importance.

Humanity has a great deal to learn.

Human beings are the only creatures on earth that do not live within the natural balance, instead taking what we will, regardless of impact on our mother earth. So who in thinking is superior? Certainly not human beings.


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    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks again Debbie, glad you enjoyed.

    • Deborah Brooks profile image

      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      6 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      wow.. humanity does have a great deal to learn.. awesome statement. and so very true. I do love your writing.. Voted up

      take care


    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks Elenin. Candy coating truth is both time wasting and counterproductive. We have come along way as a species, yet we so often choose to ignore our ineptitudes. Thanks for reading and have a great day.

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      6 years ago from So Cal

      Ouch!! Cutting to the bone, Mr.DeLorger. Well written, analytic and concise, this Hub should be required reading prior to posting anything. A slap in the face CAN be more useful than a pat on the back, perhaps both are needed. Carry on Surgeon, carry on.


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