To Be or Not To Be

A little kingdom I possess,
Where thoughts and feelings dwell;
And very hard the task I find
Of governing it well.
-- Louisa May Alcott.
...........hmmm....that more or less describes my situation !!

~A Wise Man Said~

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
-- Aristotle

Sunday, January 22, 2012
All beauty is what
But an imposture
Cruelty hidden behind
Every act of nature
Kindness, gentility, honesty
We all claim like masks
Carrying on our frightful farce
Teach me, O God,
To know your ways
Like an innocent child
Let me not fall prey
To words uttered but never meant
To emotions expressed but never felt
Teach me to distinguish the true from false
That I may live among the corrupt
But never to corruption fall.

One of those times when I feel overwhelmed and deeply jolted by how low human nature can stoop, how selfish it can be, how its own ends it can seek without one little whit of thought for another. We seem to live in a world full of superficialities and the only tools to survive are the superficial, the sophisticated, the suave and the trivial ones. Simplicity, honesty, and other core values have become a relic of the past. They are fashionable, yes, but only as a surface cosmetic. Any more deeper and they seem a nuisance.

We no more judge of people by the ‘substance’ they possess — the form, the outward, the veneer has become all important. We place so much emphasis on cultivating the exterior in today’s world, while the interior, the heart, the soul remains forgotten and unattended.

How I wish we had the capacity to look into the heart of things and the wisdom to know that only what we find there, is really worth possessing.