POEM: Less Taken Now

It was an eve to remember
The surf was swell
Giving rise to him
Way above his peers
He cried out mightily
“I’m on top of the world!”
Just moments later
Crashing onto the rocks
Baring him
No ill will
Nor give
A lessen too great for won
What remains
Borne by less fêted peers
Less taken now
By swell futures
Rocking on
Before the rising dawn

By accident or design, by great will or serendipity, we may find ourselves in epic places. This poem addresses issues of humility, grandiosity, and risk. A desire to be above our peers carries inherent risk. In both humans and the material world at large, there are natural limits. The organic of does not easily support parasitical relationships. Even a parasite must take some care not to kill its host. I view as being right-sized, neither being too big, puffed up, nor being too small, shrinking to life’s demands. This poem addresses the puffed up half of the equation. is not mean. Nonetheless, has laws. When nature’s laws are broken, such a lawlessness creates rather than harmony. There is inherent in chaos. In pushing natural limits, we can reasonably expect push-back. Some might call this karma. Sometimes it is simply gravity.

To some degree, we must all deal with some form of chaos, if simply the unknown, or even unknowable. requires some space for give and take to thrive. Nonetheless, even gifted surfers of would be better served by respecting grander surges. Living in requires a and a deep of the danger of extremes. A harmonious life, in contrast to a parasitical life, often demands from us to be “less taken.” This phrases double encompasses both the material world where hoarding of nature’s bounty, or its destruction creates imbalance, and the world where our undue attachment to material and originates such imbalance.

Humans seem to have quite peculiar, even unique, role in nature. If we learn and natural laws, we can navigate the world in a nearly infinite number of ways, symbiotically glorifying both and the highest human potentials. If we live in ignorance and with natural laws, in essence being parasites, may very well take us down, crashing us on the rocks from our heights. There is great in understanding the simple and profound gravity of such situations. There is plenty of room for harmony. is not miserly. Our own and blind grandiosity is the greatest threat to humanity. As so wisely summed up, “There is enough for everyone’s need. There is not enough for everyone’s greed.” This is the most basic natural limit that humans face. It deserves the highest respect.

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