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What do we truly know?

Updated on September 14, 2012
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What do we truly know?

By Tony DeLorger © 2012

How erroneous the arrogance of knowledge,

when the scope of limitation bleeds dry the act,

accomplishing only the delusion of self-attainment,

humility tucked snugly in the shadows.

Right is more often worn as a badge of honour,

an egocentric statement of irony,

often proved to be wanting, groundless,

and a smug expression of pride.

All we can ever know is concluded from understanding,

gained from the proof of life and its unfolding,

always miraculous, never to be taken for granted,

nor assumed to be a truth beyond our perception.

The arrogance of knowledge is always tempered by the unanswerable,

always tested by a universe of balance,

always brought to minds of inflexibility,

to weather the adjustments of change and leaning.

Attainment in the end is a state of action,

being aware moment to moment what life beckons,

and what lessons are placed before us in question,

offering the sublime and serene truth in movement.

What then we accept is less knowledge in a definitive sense,

but understanding, being able to see what exists

and how it is expressed within the parameters of life,

the laws that govern existence on every level.

What we know then, is a scratch upon the surface,

of the tip of an iceberg, in a vast and unpredictable sea,

and what we don't know is each moment of our future,

laid out with infinite possibilities.


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    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks again Aubrey; I glad you connect to my thoughts. Have a great day.

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      A.E. Williams 

      5 years ago from Hampton, GA

      Loving this Tony. Your words are so powerful. They definitely reach me every time. :) Good work.

    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks again Leslie; an old soul maybe, perhaps just a slow learner lol. have a great day.

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      Karen Silverman 

      6 years ago

      Tony...i find myself reading your work, nodding my head, and thinking: You and i write from the same ink well, my friend! Our thought process is very similar in many areas!

      And quite frankly - i like how you think!

      ( much for humility, i guess - but - big marks for honesty?)


      This was insightful and beautifully expressed!

      tweeting,sharing, voting..

      I'm sure you're aware of the fact that you're a very old soul?

    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      You are too kind, whonunuwho. Much appreciated.

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      6 years ago from United States

      Thank God for the few who feel as you, as the great inventors, writers and scientists that, though few in number, represent us all and further our civilizations in the superior intellects so demonstrated.

    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      All true, whonunuwho, but we have the potential for greatness and the choice to choose that path. All any of us can do is to live to the best of our ability and be thankful for the experience. Thanks for your comment.

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      6 years ago from United States

      Yes, we as human beings are self-promoting and are quick to award ourselves medals for accomplishing such things as thumb wrestlers of the mighty.

      Yes, what we most often desire and to gain attention to our own achievements, and is not to provide for others and the future in furthering humanity. We are quite content in feeling that we are superior and highest in our intellects over the other animals and the lowly insects, which have survived millions of years longer than we have. Creatures in the sea have survived many eons longer than humans. Our self-rewarding is beyond belief and the lengths in which we go to in conceit, and single mindedness.

      Our lives often seem meaningless and see no improvement upon the human condition, only to satisfy our incessant desires to gain attention and prestige in life. The lowly turtle may live to be five-hundred years in age, while we in all of our splendor live only to the magic number of the seventies, if we have not eaten, drank or consumed drugs and killed ourselves off before then. Yes, we are quite the sample of dung in the fertilizer of the universe.

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      Tony DeLorger 

      6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks tobusiness, glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      6 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      If we knew everything there is to know, there probably wouldn't be much point to our existence, I believe mankind has come a long way. Every step forward takes us closer to enlightenment and the ultimate truth, what ever that maybe.

      I agree, in our arrogance, mankind has presumed a lot, only to find that with every answer comes another question. The iceberg is slowly, but surely emerging, there will always be those wonderful eureka moments to keep the innovative thinkers seeking answers, as little by little our eyes are opened. This poem is very thought provoking, an enjoyable read. Voting up.

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      Tony DeLorger 

      6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Kind words dghbrh, I thank you sincerely. Thanks for dropping by.

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      6 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      Poetry with much depth and reality unfolded in a very fluid way.

      Enjoyed reading it and thanks for sharing this.

      All my votes and away.


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