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When the Spaniards under Cortez came upon the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlán in Mexico in 1519, they were amazed to discover a beautiful white-walled city sitting on an island in the middle of a large lake with causeways linked to it. Their astonishment soon turned to horror when they saw the vast scale of ritual sacrifices made by the Aztecs.
Ancient cultures knew intuitively that
This world is not real
Some performed ritual self sacrifice
As a means to advantage in reality.
They were misguided
Death to the body is an escape
Death to the mind is the sacrifice required
Body is the means to this divine advantage.
The Ancients were noble
Strong intuition without knowledge
A moth to a flame
A mother & child re-union.
In today’s world
We dismiss ritual sacrifice
As savage ignorance
We replace it with a more refined ignorance.
In today’s world
We believe that we are real
We believe that we have the power to create destiny;
The power to control events.
We are comfortable
Within the boundaries we can defend
We believe that this world is the real deal
And that we are it.
Whatever ‘it’ is?
We are not ignorant savages
Dying willingly to gain advantage
In some mythical un-provable afterlife.
We don’t believe as they did
That the world is an opportunity to die well
No, we are masters of our existence
We know better.
We are sophisticated
We have information & knowledge
We can conquer space
Soon, we may bend time to our advantage.
Of course we are real!
I can pinch my skin & feel the pain
I can use my mind to create a dream
I can procreate.
I am man becoming God
It is my birthright
My reason for being
My solemn promise.
I am man becoming God.
It is my destiny to bring the human experience
To its ultimate potential – to realize itself
I am God becoming man.
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|Reviewed by Regis Auffray
|Your philosophical perspective gives me much pause for reflection, Tom. Thank you for sharing it. Love and peace to you,
|Reviewed by Kathy Armijo
|Human folly - pretty scary. Where will human folly ultimately take us - I think, not to God. This is a very thought-provoking poem.
|Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU
Intriguing historic prose-poem. "Human Folly" depicts the society of the past and our present condition.
Based on the symbolism of the Archtype known as "God", (Which is a contraction of the German and Latin words GRÜSS ODIN TEUS DEUS, "GOTT", meaning "SALUTE TO ZEUS")~ and considering the first line ~ and the last line of the closing stanza, it seems that the author did approach to a logical definition of that symbolic State-Religion's word.
I did enjoy the reading of "Human Folly".
Long healthy craetive life, Poet.
Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU