virus: Foundations Pts. 1 & 2

joe dees (
Sun, 07 Mar 1999 23:53:06 -0500

(1) What Is

We are aware. While we live we cannot help it. We're aware of ourselves (more or less)

Of others in varying degrees of closeness and                                                     estrangement
And of our common world.

Awareness is by necessity relation, not identity. While we live, we cannot be the ones we love Or be the world, or even be the selves
We deceive ourselves to be while self-conceiving. The pointing finger cannot be the moon to which

                                           it points.
While we live, we can never be finished, never arrive. Besides, what could become of us if we achieved such
                                       absolute desires?
Growth is by necessity in relation
And the dust-reunion will come soon enough. But that a single hand can't clap
Does not make two fan empty air.
We are With those we love, in a common world And spend our lives becoming ourselves with them. Be grateful. Be glad.

(2) What Can Be

Love is NOT the Law;
Care is the Law.
We care for those whom we despise.
Adversaries are perversely precious to us.
We care for whomever makes a difference in our lives One way or another.
Care encompasses both hate and love
And is opposed only by indifference.
The hard part is to transfigure all care into love. When few succeed at this inner task they are oppressed

For most are unchanged, and take advantage of the                                               loving.
But when many subscribe to the calling of loving care They can save themselves and our common world By treating each other with kindness
And our shared home with reverence.

Love is not the Reality
Love is the Ideal
And we touch whatever inner or outer Divine there may be By striving for that Ideal

Joe E. Dees
Poet, Pagan, Philosopher

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