BY JAN HAAG
O Devayani, it seems to me
that life is a skein (or hank) of many
That our minds arrive pure
and untangled and
interested in this world.
Then we endure the process known as
from parents, from tv, from schools
criss-crosses and tangles
the strands until they
each teacher, guide, guru,
parent or villian
instructs you in a different
with different ideas,
until even your senses can't tell you
We all are taught "Monkey see, monkey do"
violence is the content of our "see,"
perpetual violence is the
content of our "do"
or so the media would have it.
Actually, as most
of us live our lives,
it's only in the media we see the
only on tv we see the rapes and murders,
mostly we eat, sleep and work,
and spend our lives trying to untangle
choas of ideas
handed down, perpetuated by those more
no doubt than we.
By the time you reach
all the world seems to resolve itself
inventions for entertainment
to fill the time between the womb and the
More and more you find, O Devayani,
whatsoever is true, is known.
About all that can be said, is some
work for awhile.
They work -- so did the
of the universe work for probably millions
than the heliocentric,
and now there's universes beyond
concepts beyond our imagining,
fun to entertain
but a pity to call truth.
Devayani, you spend your
of the nonsense taught to you
philosophy, religion, science, and
human nature -- the biggest
on the list.
Human nature is not allowed to
more than a
few moments out of the womb.
Then begins edu-ca-tion.
None of which prove to be true,
many of which prove to be
few of which can be untangled from their chaos,
which take a lifetime to test against one's own reality --
into consideration that
the thinking process has been so perverted
that reality counts for very little in the
of what it is reasonable to believe.
Maya -- no wonder
the Hindu and the Buddhist
both call the whole thing illusion.
that whatever you think is true
is true --
Choose your entertainment.
Untangle the choas fed into your brain
for a lifetime.
End up again in purity, having examined and
as many things as possible.
Retreat back into the womb of
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