Thursday, January 24, 2013

Note to Myself No. 24

Before you get all bent out of shape,
let's be logical.

Most issues have two sides
pro and con
and all that.

But some things are so beyond debate
that reasonable people
can't disagree
unless they're just being disagreeable.

The earth isn't flat.
The sun doesn't revolve
 around a stationary earth.

Some issues have more than two sides.
or five
or ten.

Peace, for example.
Everybody agrees in principle
that it's a good thing.
But nobody 
(at least nobody with political capital)
can agree on how to accomplish it.

You'd think it would be simple.
Just stop using weapons
and other instruments of power
to exercise your will
to the detriment of the "enemy."
Understand deep in your gut
that your only enemy is fear
and that hatred grows out of fear.

Live simply.
Take turns.
And know when enough is enough.


ellen abbott said...

I know, right? Why is something so simple, so hard?

Kristin Dudish said...

I am really enjoying reading all of these notes to yourself... I'm sure many of us can relate to most of them (I know I can).

These are a great way to reflect, get to know yourself better, and they are great reminders of important universal issues... Thank you for sharing them with us.


Highpoint Circle said...

Oh, your words are just soothing to my soul today. People just make everything so complicated. Love is really all you need!