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The difference between

the balance and the slip

is microscopic.

 

Remembering the rules

and honoring the impulse

are flipsides of each other.

 

Id and superego

fight me for

the pride of

ownership

 

as I struggle

daily

hourly

and sometimes

between

this thought

 

and this one.

 

And that’s only me

and you’re no different

and if we multiply these

infinitesimal decisions

by 300 million

under the right circumstances

 

rioting occurs

futures vanish

innocence, raped

and God, forgotten.

 

The balance and the slip

is not a 50-50 proposition:

 

with sin and gravity

as our natural defaults

 

nobility and decency

become statistical anomalies.


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on Jun 25, 2008

Buddha, so good to see you writing here.

I like this, especially

with sin and gravity

as our natural defaults

 

nobility and decency

become statistical anomalies.

Makes me wonder if the stats will ever change.

on Jun 25, 2008
I've always heard that when the student is ready, the teacher will come. And just when I'm on the brink of saying the hell with this place you come back (finally!) and post something.

Thanks for that gift, Buddah. You're a lot like that parachute -you're there when I'm falling and I when I need you the most.
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