We Drink Because We’re Poets has another challenge. Consider the gauntlet on the floor. The challenge, you ask?
Dedicate a piece to that which inspires you. It doesn’t matter what it is. Are you inspired by your pets? Your children? The love of your life? The feel of a cool breeze on your skin?
What makes you want to create?
Oddly, this is not one that I have any doubts about. Let me explain…
When a person gets up each morning, dresses for work
Spends their day giving all they have just to earn a penny
Then goes home and gives it all away to those they adore
When the hardships of life, fail to stop life from being and smiling
There is no triumph more profound than surviving against the odds
Of smiling at everyone from your wheelchair
Of knowing they all think you couldn’t have survived
In the fresh evening air, a butterfly spreads its wings for the first time
Looking up into the night, seeing billions of years old light
It shakes its head and thinks “I’m hungry”
A small child toddles too close, falls in the pool
A panicked father jumps in without a thought
Sitting on the side, the child cries ‘weeee let’s do it some more’
Laying his dripping phone aside, the father smiles and says ‘sure’
There is no triumph when there is no risk
Life assures us the chance, it’s the pin in the prick
Eat or be eaten is not some magician’s trick
Take heed the small triumphs, every last one
They’re the only prize life offers to be won
Smiles come easy, so it seems for a dog
Till you remember how important you are
For him you are the hunter and leader
You, to him, are what you desire of life
Such flashes of experience, fleeting in feel
The last longer if you focus and live them
Those small moments are what is real but
We remain alone while we don’t share them
Take care the smallest things
The rest is just imagry
Take care the smallest things
Turn the I into the we
There is much to be said and much that has been said about the meaning of life. When you peel back all the layers you are left with the primordial combination of eat, drink, reproduce, breath, sleep, and repeat… not necessarily in that order. I think that you’ll find this is the basic life plan for all forms of life on this planet if you allow for some loose definitions of each directive.
The really good question to ask next is what happens when we are trying to accomplish these seemingly simple tasks?
Again, I feel that the rules are fairly simple or can be stated so:
This is true where foe is one of:
Clearly step 1 is easy to do as it can be done without any effort on your part at all. Step 2 is a bit trickier but evolution made cats fast so they could exploit a weakness in gazelles etc. Some species will evolve to exploit a weakness, though this is not a directed action. All predators find and exploit weakness in their prey. Now when it comes to step 3 things get a bit different. If we define ‘destroy’ as genocide it’s not really workable but if we define it as destroy until the foe is not capable of being a foe it becomes more realistic. When our need stops the foe is no longer a foe and so it goes.
There is nothing unique to any given species in this… it’s a basic plan.
Greed is not part of the basic plan and this is seemingly unique to the hairless ape species called homo sapiens. A misnomer if ever there was one.
Homo sapiens (Latin: “wise man“) is the scientific name for the human species. Homo is the human genus, which also includes Neanderthals and many other extinct species of hominid; H. sapiens is the only surviving species of the genus Homo. Modern humans are the subspecies Homo sapiens sapiens, which differentiates them from what has been argued to be their direct ancestor, Homo sapiens idaltu.
Most of our philosophies do not advise material wealth as the meaning of life. This basic nature plan does not advise it. Greed is a disease or something like that. A defect of the human brain.
Your psyche is you, perhaps the only thing you truly own forever.
We spend a lot of time worrying about it and whether it is correct or complete or perhaps what is wrong with it, both our own and others’.
I am of the mind that every psyche, if spoken of as a thing, should be described like this vase. In that manner I have recently responded to a thought of shattered psyche with this:
Strength is not found in never having let anything out, but in choosing what to put back and keep in. It is the patches on the cracks and what they hold behind them that strength comes from. No tears are needed, but they will happen. Those patches on the cracks are not repairs, that’s the sinews of strength showing through.
Wear the cracks without shame. An unbroken vessel has not had to weather the troubles of life and living. It remains new and untested. The unbroken vessel does not know how much is too much nor what truly lies within. The psyche that believes itself to be perfect is one that has never seen a mirror. The psyche that believes it should be perfect has never truly seen the weathered and cracked vessels of those they most admire.
If perfection is our only goal, failure will be our only accomplishment.
It is far better to be useful than to be perfect.
Where a perfect vessel is needed, they throw out the vessels with any imperfections, no care for the beauty of the mosaic of the cracks that give it strength.
I really enjoyed this post – particularly the last line about those who throw out imperfect vessels in the (futile, misguided) search for a perfect one. [That's how it resonated with me, anyway.] I like the idea of the cracks in the mosaic giving it strength.
I did not intentionally try to say it, but a comment (see below, thank you DysthymiaBree) highlights a different perspective: When we seek perfection in others, we throw away what is more useful, more solid, more meaningful. We throw out what we need.
Okay, this is fairly awesome, but if I was the guy being pranked somebody might have gotten hurt…
Originally posted on YouViewed/Editorial:
Published on Feb 4, 2014
” ☞ **PLEASE SHARE** This was one of the hardest and craziest pranks that I’ve done… took us two weeks of planning and getting everything together. Most of the people wouldn’t get into the car in the first place…. it literally took us two weekends to finally get this crazy footage.
FYI: We put the passenger seat on child lock in case they want to escape, which he actually did… We took Josh to a nice restaurant afterwards. He said he will NEVER jump in to a stranger’s car EVER again lol
Thanks to Cody for being a partner in crime: