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To be human

Someone once mentioned to me
our burden and gift of desire
how it drives us to primal greed
and a need for something more

and I asked
why do we do this?

and they said
you tell me

Someone once mentioned to me
our insatiable thirst for knowledge
a curiosity far beyond mere survival
that consumes our every last thought

and I asked
why do we have this?

and they said
nobody knows

Someone once mentioned to me
our separation from nature
and the impossible longing within us
to get closer to what we never had

and I asked
why do we feel this?

and they said
if only I knew

Someone once mentioned to me
our crippling fear of the unknown
and how meaningless our lives are
in the wake of inevitable death

and I asked
why do fear this?

and they said
it doesn’t matter.

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  1. If I were to hand you a familiar volume, the motion might be termed audacious. But the answer lies both distant and closer than your hand to your face. The very challenge should drive the soul to Whom we live and move and have our being in, and does, sometimes, methinks. If, however, the search is within our navel, then it is an abyss whose only answer is to swallow us whole sans apology.

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