25 August 2013

Chapter 105 - The Stillness Before Time (Compendium)


CV

The reason we have gang activity
Is because society has failed so miserably
To understand every human’s inherent craving
To identify with smaller more recognizable groupings.
By not empowering the many subcultures,
Those in control must face the wrath
Of those attempting to survive
In whatever way they can.
Win-lose situations
Create winners
And losers.
Losers mutiny
And society splinters
Into chaos and confusion for all.

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Expect nothing and perhaps
You will be given everything.

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Whoops!  It disappeared again.
What a strange thing memory.

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The media has the power to build or fragment a society.
Much of the chaos we are seeing is the result
Of misguided priorities based on self-interest and greed.
If we are ever to reshape our world, the media will play a decisive role.

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How can your life be someone else’s responsibility?

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There are those even more tortured.

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Pass the turkey.

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Why are you so afraid of losing this body?

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Alone, you navigate your own course.

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Humanity cannot change in a few years
What it took billions to concoct.

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So brilliantly flawed.

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New becomes old and old, new.

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You have a right to no.

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Words only lead to more words.
Leave them behind and jump
Into the abyss of clear aloneness.

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Wisdom is god’s mortal therapy.
Physician, heal thy Self.
Then pass it on.

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At what point will you grow weary
And unconcerned about the carrots and sticks
Of any petty tyrants, including the god created by men?

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As long as there is water, air, soil and light,
One see or another will be birthed
Upon this spinning island.

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Movement fosters recognition.

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Ignorance determines the course.
It is the blanket by which potential
Returns to eternity’s deep slumber.

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In time’s beginning there must be an ending.
Both are beyond mortal control.

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Another ordeal, done.

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The wall approacheth quickly.

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Did this get written already?
Probably.
New message?
Hardly.

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God is not Santa Claus.

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The seer seeks no rewards
Nor jeweled thrones next to god.
S/he is that which is sought,
And that is reward enough.

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Vanity is the root of all mischief.

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Wander till all trace of you disappears.

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What will happen if you let go of all pretending?

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You’ll really be free when the bullet exits.
Hopefully.

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Science is not going to save you.

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Pretty amazing how delusion creeps into any consciousness.
Unending the permutations of confusion any of us can create.

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The noise of experience gives over
To the silence of experiencing.
The murky puddle of consciousness
Gives itself over to the clarity of awareness.

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What is superficially dissimilar is vastly similar.
Function supersedes form.

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Every thing at once so measurably immeasurable.

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So many ways vanity rationalizes its self-absorbtion.

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A piece of paper does not for street smart make.

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Just a bunch of observations
About the reality of unreality.

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Where is the resistance?

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So much written about things
So few really care about.

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Wisdom is just what happens
When it becomes so predictable.

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Peace is a state of non-concern.

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In what way will death find you?

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We all think according to the pattern
Founded by our earliest influences.

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We are all witnesses of the same choicelessness.

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The bother of god is choosing new eyes
From which to watch the theater unfold.

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Revenge is an endless cycle of hate and destruction.
It can only be ended through clear understanding of all perspectives.
How challenging to discard one’s many divisive prejudices
And forgive others, whatever their trespass.

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Suicide is just another experiment

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Distance can be a great anesthetic.

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Take people at their word
Until you learn otherwise.
It often doesn’t take long.

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In terms of labels,
What are you?  What are you not?
Again and again, that good old relativity applies.

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We all believe what we want to believe,
See what we want to see,
Hear what we want to hear.

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Perhaps you do live in a vacuum.

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No matter how far you stretch,
You always come up against your Self.
Stretching is just another form of measurement.
Learn to stretch without stretching.

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Birds twitter, dogs bark, mice squeak.
Are your instincts any less definable?

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It is all about name recognition.

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Joy in this world?
Only for the lucky and the dead.

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War: A more extreme version of roshambo.

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Those who think humanity has much longer
May be sadly amiss.

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You persevere and endure so much
Because you want it so badly
And are afraid to let go.

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Separation is just another delusionary belief.

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We each get assigned a little role, a little part,
Through the dictates of identified consciousness.

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To every concept is attached a value, a measurement.

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What is this need to prove something?

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That point of attachment is the barrier
Between you and what is,
Between delusion and reality.

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You can’t have one with the other.

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Sometimes you just cannot stop people
From hurting and killing each other.
Hate is blind to any reason but its own.

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Whether or not god exists is a perpetual moot loop.

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Well, maybe tomorrow.

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Anyone who offers you an afterlife
Needs a lesson about the beforelife.

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Never believe any legend,
Least of all your own.

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If you could be doing anything with your life, what would it be?
If you’re lucky, whatever you’re doing right now.

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Once you’ve seen the unborn nature fully,
Why would you ever choose another birth?

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Discern the operating word.

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The meaning of life depends on the vanity.

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You never know when this may be
The best you ever feel again.

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Your greatest interest,
Your greatest suffering,
Your greatest emphasis,
Dictates your view of your world.
Be it sex, color, creed, status, money, ad infinitum,
It will bend your mind and shape your time.

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As my Daddy used to say to my sister and I
In the midst of one of our petty arguments,
“You’re both right and you’re both wrong.”

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The key to all this is your inner honesty.
Once you start lying it is difficult to stop.

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The basic key to science, mathematics, technology, and the like
Is understanding they are built upon arteries of logic.
Once you see their fundamental reasoning,
The mystery becomes translucent.

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Believing you have free will tends to prove
You don’t know what you’re thinking about.

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Separation creates destiny.
Destiny is the illusion of change.
Change is the play of maya.
Maya is the transient.
The transient is the
Dream of mind.

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If, by the end of your life, you have not figured out
That measurement is not the end all, be all,
Perhaps you will have a chat with god.
Who the fuck knows anything?

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Rating yourself by worldly standards
Only brings a sense of futility and remorse,
Endless second-guessing, and impossible wishes.

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Meditation can be a chore for those
Believing there’s a brass ring ahead.

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Vanity is vanity,
Whatever the source of reckoning.

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Just another side show.

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Keep it on the light side if you can find a flashlight.

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What makes you happy and content?
Whatever doesn’t make you unhappy.

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Is not the desire fostered by the illusory otherness
The greatest master, the most ardent enslaver?

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Nothing worse than a no-win, Catch-22 situation.

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An old man’s body with a young man’s soul.

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Curiosity may kill cats,
But also spurs your desire for longevity.
What will tomorrow’s tomorrow bring forth tomorrow’s today?

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What does it say that cockroaches
Don’t seem as drawn to vegetables and fruit
As they are to puddles of grease?

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Geographical name
Does not necessarily have to mean
Geographical identity.

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No matter how it pans out,
We are all going to get out of Dodge
With less than we started.

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Be open to what’s actually happening.
An infant is, without hesitation or anticipation.
Neither life nor death has gained a hold.

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It is only the vanity of imagination
Which make you feel superior.

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Smaller things have happened.

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Some tomorrow, mañana, maybe.

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How each of us together play it out
Is how it will more than likely end.

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How could you be the only one?

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We recede further and further
Into the creations of our minds.
Can virtual reality ever truly live?

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How mad the wealthy must be
To be so driven, so greedy.

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What use hope if action lacks intent?

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Loyalty to your species, your kind.
Who are you to be loyal to anything?

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Unless you' feel like a over-the-top workout,
Why throw yourself against a wave?
Why race against the tide?

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We are all living on borrowed time from day one.


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The Stillness Before Time (Compendium)
© Michael J. Holshouser 2009
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